Grundy County Jail is located in Grundy County, IA and is the primary correctional facility for that area. Know somebody incarcerated at Grundy County Jail? This page gives you all about everything related to Grundy County Jail: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much more…
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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask it, and any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.
Grundy County Jail
705 8Th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638
Phone Number and Fax Number
Map and Directions
Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail
Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to contact them?
Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?
To find out who’s in jail at Grundy County Jail you need to visit their link and use the inmate lookup.
The Grundy County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. Also, you can get info for anyone booked or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can find their inmate information quicker if you’ve got the arrestee’s full name, birth date, or arrest number.
If the person you are looking for might be at another county jail you will want to check our Iowa county jail guide: Iowa Jails
A mugshot, also called a jail processing photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the photos, and they will be stored.
Mugshots of inmates are on the Grundy County Jail website, or you can go in person to the Grundy County Jail. When viewing online you will have to put in the person’s first and last name, and the arrest date, if you know it.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Do you want to get your mugshot taken off of the Grundy County Jail site? This will be difficult, since the mugshot is public record. You must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Naturally, once you are incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.
If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and until then you can’t leave town.
In most cases, a prisoner can earn an early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.
If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to live in a halfway house instead of jail.
Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone you know will need to post 10 percent of the total amount set so you can be released. If you fail to show up for your court date, whoever posted your bail 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 will need to call the Grundy County Jail. If you’ve got the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Bailing out of jail is never fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy if you have the money. First of all, figure out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you can’t use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail will not accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.
If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and sometimes with a minimum charge of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will in these cases use assets as collateral.
You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Grundy County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Early Release For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- Released On House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake procedure takes you through the following steps:
- You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
- First, will have to answer some questions, such as what is your full name, your address, date of birth and contact person.
- Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
- You will be given an inmate ID number.
- You will be fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will be taken from you and will be stored until you are released.
- You will be allowed to make a telephone call in order to contact a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you might be able to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform.
Have you ever been arrested and gone through processing at jail? If you have, you should tell your story. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any tips that could help other people that get arrested to get through the procedure?
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the faster you can get released from jail. It also will depend on whether you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate must decide on how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, plan to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.
How To Turn Yourself In
for your arrest, or if you need to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they verify that you have one, they will take you into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring approved items with you, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the official sentencing order.
To have visitors, you need to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will go in the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor has to provide identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
The Grundy County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
All phone calls from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Phone calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.
The Grundy County Jail phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You have to clearly write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail is opened and read by the officers at the jail, and the mail will be sent back to the person who mailed it if they decide it is inappropriate.
The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Grundy County Jail is:
Grundy County Jail
705 8Th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Grundy County Jail
705 8Th Street
Grundy Center, IA 50638
The Grundy County Jail mail policy can change, so we suggest that you visit the the Grundy County Jail website before send a letter to someone in jail there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate an attorney when you talk to them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in your county. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your criminal case, the better.
For more information about how to find an attorney, click: How to Find an Attorney
If you can’t afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and case workers. Public Defenders are actual lawyers, admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are licensed to practice law.
Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? Do you think they properly handled your case?
Grundy County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records have a file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You can access the records and documents in your court case via the internet service, or by going to the Grundy County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are kept at Clerk of Court’s office.
Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
The Grundy County court magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case in court. Magistrate judges do different functions, such as determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and as much detail about the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to receive your own copy of this report before sentencing, and correct the mistakes.
If you get convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated, or has ever been in jail?
To find this out you need to access the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- The inmate’s name.
- Date of birth.
- Their booking date.
- or jail ID.
If you think this person is in jail, you can also call the jail get confirmation.
If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. You should know 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 the date of their arrest, contact the Grundy County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are public record and this information is accessible to anyone.
A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Grundy County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but remember that you can’t get the actual address, but only the neighborhood block they live on.
Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains records of people’s criminal history. These state databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to the Grundy County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.
When you look up a person’s crminal records you are able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:
- DWI or DUI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
If you do a criminal records check, usually will not be able to find out if they has had any:
- Speeding or wreckless driving.
- Drivers license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Other moving violations.
- Parking Tickets.
- 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.
- 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
- Jail staff and Guards
- Commissary and food
- The other inmates – what are they like?
- Jail gangs
- Inmate programs and activities
To search for this information, you will have to do a driving records search.
Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the jail? Was it correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your comments might make it easier for others.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Grundy County,the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List:
Grundy County Sheriff’s Department Ten Most Wanted List:
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Grundy County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get used to the daily routine there. Expect a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and then roll call. Next, you will have breakfast. After breakfast, you will 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 Grundy 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 Grundy 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 funds to Grundy County Jail inmates could change, so it would be best to visit the official Grundy County Jail site when you send any funds.
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 Grundy County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Grundy 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 know someone that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate in this jail?
If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so that other people can find out what to expect.
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Tell Your Story
Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did going to jail affect your life?
Tell your story about when you did time at Grundy County Jail
Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you make friends in jail? Need to throw a shout out to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.
Post a message to people still locked up at Grundy County Jail
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