Jail and Inmate Search in Iowa
Iowa has a current jail and prison population of 8,424. Among all the correctional facilities in Iowa as a whole, they are over capacity by about 15%. Iowa’s inmate recidivism rate is 35.4%. 74% of all inmates are male with the rest female. The largest age group of about 35-40% are in the 31-50 age range. Three-quarters of all inmates are White with the rest being Black, Hispanic and American Indian. 27% of inmates are incarcerated due to drug offenses, another 22% for violent crime and another 24% for property crime.
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What are Jail Records?
Iowa jail records are the forms and documents that are filled out along the way through the prison system. Each inmate has a record, and it is updated whenever something new occurs. The journey begins with arrest and a RAP sheet that local law enforcement creates. After that, the prison, courts, and jails take over and update as necessary. Each time an inmate is moved to a new facility or engages in a work-release or educational program, that is also noted in the file. Any visitors the inmate receives is also documented along with everything else that happens to them during their stay.
How to Search for Inmates in Iowa
Iowa’s Department of Corrections office has an offender locator feature on their website where you can search for an inmate by different criteria such as name, birth date range, gender, their offender ID, the facility where they are located, their offense or the county where they are held. Once you enter the data and hit find, you will see a list of offenders. If the range is too broad, you will need to narrow it down. You can click on any ID number to see details of the inmate such as their full name, offender ID, gender, birth date and the charges against them.
Creating Public Jail Records
When local law enforcement arrests someone in Iowa, a jail record is created. Basic information along with the charges against them is entered into an online system. As the person is granted bond or bail and then released or moved to another facility those jail records are updated. They are continuously updated as the person progressed through the system. These records are a vital way to keep track of each inmate while in prison. They don’t stop upon release but are continued all the way through parole and beyond.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
Iowa Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of Iowa prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 9,031, that saw a 2.1% increase compared to the previous year. Females made up 9.1% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 8,210 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
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|Change in Number of Male Prisoners||Change in Number of Female Prisoners|
The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of Iowa is 9,031 inmates, that is 3.4% higher than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Iowa was in 2010, when the number of prisoners was 9,388 inmates.
Iowa Parole Population
Iowa parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 5,901 people, 251 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 150 people more compared to the previous year, which has increased by 2.5%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in Iowa
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Iowa maintains and operates 96 jails spread over their 99 counties and nine prisons. A staff of 3,657 and an annual budget of $299 million manages the 8,424 prisoners proving them with a safe environment and programs for rehabilitation. The cost to house and care for one inmate for a year, is $32,925. Along with their prisoners, Iowa’s community corrections system is responsible for another 1,213 people on probation and 2,086 inmates on parole. Based on one hundred thousand residents, Iowa has a property crime rate of 2,086, a violent crime rate of 291 and an incarceration rate of 286.
|Prison Name||Prison Type|
|Anamosa State Penitentiary - Anamosa||State Prison|
|Clarinda Correctional Facility - Clarinda||State Prison|
|Fort Dodge Correctional Facility - Fort Dodge||State Prison|
|Iowa Correctional Institution for Women - Mitchellville||State Prison|
|Iowa Medical and Classification Center - Oakdale||State Prison|
|Iowa State Penitentiary - Fort Madison||State Prison|
|Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility - Mount Pleasant||State Prison|
|Newton Correctional Facility||State Prison|
|North Central Correctional Facility - Rockwell City||State Prison|