Washington County Jail is located in Washington County, IA and is the correctional facility for that region. Looking for someone locked up at Washington County Jail? This guide tells you info about anything you might need to know about Washington County Jailsuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Booking and intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.
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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressfull situation, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer info that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any feedback or comments that might be beneficial to others is appreciated.
Washington County Jail
2185 Lexington Boulevard
Washington, IA 52353
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 need to find them?
Do you know someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?
To search who is in jail at Washington County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and do an inmate search.
The Washington County Jail Inmate Roster is a list of persons currently in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find info about anybody processed or released in the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to locate their arrest information faster if you have their full name, date of birth, or arrest number.
If the person you’re searching for might be locked up at a different jail you should look here: List of all county jails in Iowa
A mugshot, also known as a intake picture, is a photo that the jail takes when you are booked into jail. They will take one face photo and a side photo. Your full name and jail ID number will be on the mugshot, and they will be on file.
Mugshots of Washington County Jail inmates are on the Washington County Jail website, or you can view them at the Washington County Jail. When you search for mugshots online you will need to put in the full name, and a booking date, if you have one.
How To Get Your Mugshot Removed
Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Washington County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.
For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the many different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet
Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail
Of course, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, a bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.
If you do bail out you will have to agree to be in court on your court date, and you must not leave town.
Usually, inmates can earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.
If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.
Your bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. Someone will have to put up 10 percent of the total that was set so you can get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, the person that paid your bail will lose that bail money.
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 jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.
How To Bail Someone Out of Jail
Needing to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.
If bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman will use your personal assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.
To talk to a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Washington County
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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail
- Time Off For Good Behavior
- Get Out on Work Release
- Released For Time Served
- Pre-Trial Release Programs
- House Arrest
- Be Released on Your Own Recognizance
Jail Policies and Procedures
Intake Procedures / Booking
The jail intake process includes these steps:
- You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
- The first thing you will have to to is you will answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
- They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
- You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
- You will get fingerprinted.
- They will take your mugshot.
- All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
- You will be allowed to use the phone so you can get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
- If you think you will get released quickly, you will be allowed to wear your own clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jumpsuit.
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When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged from jail may take between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get released. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you have a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get released that morning.
How To Turn Yourself In
issued for your arrest, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, report to the jail, and tell someone that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will take you into custody and begin the intake process. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a copy of the sentencing order.
In order to have visitors, inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s names will be entered into the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor will have to provide identification. Visitors that gets to visitation or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Washington County Jail visitation procedures can change, so we suggest that you review the official jail site before you try to visit an inmate.
Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy
The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally pricier than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or eliminated completely.
The Washington County Jail phone number is:
Sending Mail to Inmates
All mail must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, inmate 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 bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the staff, and will get returned if they decide it is inappropriate.
The mailing address for Washington County Jail is:
Washington County Jail
2185 Lexington Boulevard
Washington, IA 52353
Here is how you should address the letter:
[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
Washington County Jail
2185 Lexington Boulevard
Washington, IA 52353
The Washington County Jail mail policy changes often, so you should check the the Washington County Jail website before you send a letter to an inmate there.
Get A Lawyer
When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you call them. You may be thinking ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the complicated court system in Washington County. The quicker you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.
For more information on how to find a lawyer, go to: How to Find a Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys who are admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association and are completely licensed to represent you in court and practice law.
Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? How did they do?
Court records are public records. Court records include a court case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court case records using the website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.
Clerk of Court
The Washington County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records related to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.
Court fees are the costs associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.
A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. They do many different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court appearances and detention proceedings.
A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the defendant’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will consider when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and if necessary the victim. Keep in mind you are able to request to get your own copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.
After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.
Want to find out if someone is locked up, or has gone to jail in the past?
This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:
- Their name.
- Birth date.
- Their booking date if you know it.
- or jail ID.
If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.
If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the court records on the website or call the court directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear 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, on the phone, in person, or find out online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.
A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as, subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.
Sex Offender Search / Lookup
All people registered as sex offenders are listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings online, but you should know that you won’t get the exact address, rather the neighborhood block that they live on.
Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the Washington County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.
Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal past. These online databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.
When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for these crimes:
- DUI or DWI.
- Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
- Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
- Violent crimes.
- Theft, breaking and entering.
During a criminal records search, usually won’t learn if that person has had any moving violations, like:
- Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
- Traffic accidents.
- Minor infractions or 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.
- 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 in Washington County Jail.
- Jail and pod layout and facility
- Guards and jail staff
- Commissary and food
- The other inmates.
- Prisoner safety
- Jail gangs
- Inmate activities and programs
To get driving records, you will have to do a search for their driving record.
Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.
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For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Washington County,the Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.
Life In Jail / What Its Like
Everyone knows that spending time in the Washington County jail is quite unpleasant, you will soon get accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up every morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 jail inmates is always changing, so be sure to double check the official Washington County Jail site before you send money 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 Washington County Jail
The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Washington 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 locked up in Washington County Jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone there?
If yes, then you should write a review about it. Write down your experience so that other people will know what to expect.
Things you can write in your comment:
Tell Your Story
Anyone who’s been in jail has a story about it. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?
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Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate
Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Want to find somebody you met in jail? Write your message below.
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