Jones County Jail – Anamosa, IA

Jones County Jail is in Jones County, Iowa and is the primary correctional facility for the county. Looking for someone incarcerated at Jones County Jail? This site gives you about anything you might need to know about Jones County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Jones County Jail. How to view Jones County Jail mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting prospect, not only for whoever is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a question, just ask them, and any feedback or comments that could help others would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Jones County Jail
500 West Main Street
Anamosa, IA 52205

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone:
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is in jail and want to contact them?

Has a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to search who is in jail at Jones County Jail you need to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Jones County Jail Inmate Search is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. You can find the same information on anybody booked or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get the information quicker if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for might be at another county jail you should check our Iowa county jail guide: Other Jails in Iowa


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a booking photo, is the photo that the police take when you are booked into jail. A mugshot is actually one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the pictures, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Jones County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to input the person’s name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot taken down from the Jones County Jail site? 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 in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re in jail, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail is decided 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, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you will have to agree to show up for court, and in the meantime you won’t be permitted to go out of town.

In most cases, prisoners at Jones County Jail will earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to do work release. You will be required to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay in order to be released from jail until your court date. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to post 10 percent of the total amount that was determined in order to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the Jones County Jail. If know the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Jones County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it’s really easy. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t get a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be released into your care. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might require that they use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer some basic questions, such as what is your full legal name, home address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone in order to get in touch with family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail can take anywhere between 30 minutes to quite a few hours. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, it depends on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge still needs to determine your bail amount. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and know the date of your release, you should plan to be released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you have to begin your jail sentence, it is highly advisable that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Be sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put in a log of visitors as an approved visitor. Each visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that arrives for visitation late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so we suggest that you visit the official Jones County Jail jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are much more expensive than regular phone calls. Phone calls are restricted on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but you 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, phone calls might get cut back or forbidden.

The Jones County Jail phone number is:

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be sent using US Postal Service. You cannot use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the jail address on the letter. Do not send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and inspected by staff, and will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Jones County Jail is:

Jones County Jail
500 West Main Street
Anamosa, IA 52205

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Jones County Jail
500 West Main Street
Anamosa, IA 52205


The Jones County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so you should check the official website before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. You might be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and show you the way through the complicated court system in Jones County. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your situation, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, visit: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. Also, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers, members of the State Bar and are legally 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? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a file containing a docket and all documents and motions that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records via the website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Jones County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records and documents from your court case are available at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Jones County court magistrate acts as the judge that rules over your case in court. Magistrate judges do a number of things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together with background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate will consider when determining a sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Don’t forget you can ask to receive your own copy of the pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if someone is in jail, or has ever been in jail?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants on the website or you can call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the Jones County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. An arrest is in the public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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 Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You are able to access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are all linked and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t be able to see if they has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you must do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the jail? Was the information correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records and backgrounds, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Jones County,the Jones County Sheriff’s Department has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    Jones County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List:


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Jones County Jail is no fun, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Jones County Jail, 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 Jones 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 rules for sending money to someone in jail could change, so be sure to review the official website when send money to someone in jail 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

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Jones County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Jones 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 Jones County Jail

    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 been an inmate at this jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Tell us about your experience because others can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Were you fairly treated? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? 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? Want to reconnect with somebody you met when you were locked up? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. Matthew H says:

    I’ve been in jail twice now. They asked me what if any food allergies I may of had and I told them and what did j get the next morning on my breakfast tray, Peanut butter which I can’t eat and the last time I was just there I want even given breakfast or lunch and was held 8 hours longer than I should of been. I seen the judge at 830 9am and he told 9am I was discharged and I want let out til 5pm that same day..wtf.. And it was so miserablely hot that I felt I was going to faint ..

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