Osceola County Jail is located in Osceola County, IA and is the primary jail for that county. Looking for someone locked up at Osceola County Jail? This page tells you all about anything a person needs to know about Osceola County Jail,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Osceola County Jail. Find mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And everything else.
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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary prospect, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to offer information and tips that you’ll need to make helping someone get out of jail easier. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or tips that might help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that has gone to jail and don’t know how to contact them?
Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find out where they are?
In order to look up who’s in jail at Osceola County Jail you should go to their website and perform an inmate search.
The Osceola County Jail Inmate List is an online list of people who have been arrested and are in custody, including custody status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info for anybody booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to locate the information quicker if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.
If your friend or loved one might be locked up at a different jail you will want to look here, too: Iowa Jails
A mugshot, also called a jail booking photo, is a photograph that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the pictures, and they’re kept on file.
Mugshots of Osceola County Jail inmates can be found on the Osceola County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Osceola County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you have to enter the prisoner’s legal name, and the booking date, if you have it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Osceola County Jail site? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.
To learn more about getting your mugshot taken down, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is set by the magistrate. If there is no bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released from jail you will have to promise to be there for your court date, and until that day you are required not to leave the county.
In most cases, prisoners will be given early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while in jail.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you may have the chance to move into a halfway house instead of the jail.
Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will be required to pay is determined by how serious your crime is. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total set so you can be released from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.
Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is
In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you have to call the jail. If you’ve got the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Osceola 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 thankfully, it’s simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If this is the case, you can’t use the services of a bail bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail will not take checks. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.
If their bail has been set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will generally have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will in most cases ask to use your personal assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Get Time Off For Good Behavior
- Work Release Programs
- Released For Time Served
- Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
- House Arrest
- Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The intake procedure includes each of the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
- Firstly, you have to answer some simple questions, such as your full name, street address, date of birth and a contact person.
- They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
- You will be issued an inmate ID.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will get your mugshot taken.
- Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
- They will let you make a phone call to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail issued jumpsuit.
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Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process takes from 15 minutes to quite a few hours. In other words the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released will depend on whether you have a cash bond or if the magistrate has to determine the bail amount. For lesser charges, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, plan to be discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
If the police have a, or if you need to start your sentence, you should follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be sure that you aren’t late. Just bring required items with you, such as your drivers license or even your ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s names will be entered in the visitors log for the inmate. All visitors is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Osceola County Jail visitation procedures can change, so it would be wise to check the official site before you visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or eliminated altogether.
Sending Mail to Inmates
All inmate mail has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other form of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and inspected and read by staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.
The mailing address for Osceola County Jail is:
Osceola County Jail
309 6Th St.
Sibley, IA 51249
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Osceola County Jail
309 6Th St.
Sibley, IA 51249
The mail policy at Osceola County Jail changes often, so be sure to visit the the Osceola County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
If you get arrested, you have certain rights, one of these being 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 a good idea to have a friend or family member locate a lawyer for you. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your interests and help you find your way through the legal system. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a lawyer, go to: How to Find an Attorney in Osceola County
If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.
Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They include a court case file with a docket sheet and each of the documents that have been filed. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Osceola County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records associated with your court case are kept at Clerk of Court.
Court costs and court fees are all costs from your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.
The Osceola County magistrate is the person that will preside on your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like deciding a bail amount, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.
A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the defendant’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when deciding on the sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim. Bear in mind that you can request to see a copy of this report before sentencing, and make sure that you review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.
After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must turn yourself into jail to serve your term.
Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- and their jail inmate ID.
If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants online or call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody immediately.
If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or you can check online. Arrest records are public record and this information is freely available.
Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, such as court orders. 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 either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the internet, but you should know that you won’t get the actual address, just the block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file containing a docket and all of the documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the county where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. Go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a 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 someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any of the following crimes:
- Drug offenses.
- Rape or other sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
When you do a criminal history search, you will not be able to find out if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:
- Tickets for speeding.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
- Victims have the right to notification.
- Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
- Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
- Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
- Victims have the right to restitution.
- Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
- Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
- Spouses and children of all victims.
- Parents and guardians of minor victims.
- Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
- Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.
- Conditions at the jail.
- Jail and pod facility and layout
- Guards and jail staff
- Food and commissary
- Having Visitors
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Prisoner programs and activities
To search for driving histories, you have to do a driving history search.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Osceola County courthouse? Was the information correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your story could help other people.
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The FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Osceola County,The Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Osceola County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in Osceola County Jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00AM, and next you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Osceola 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 Osceola County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.
How To Send Money to an Inmate
You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.
The procedure to send funds to Osceola County Jail inmates is likely to change, so it would be best to review the official website before you send funds to an inmate 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 Osceola County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Osceola 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.
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 incarcerated at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this jail?
If so, then you should write a review about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Did you experience fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
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