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Databases Updated on Mar 02, 2024

How to Perform Iowa Inmate Lookup

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 the state, 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 Iowa prison inmate search 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.

What are Iowa Jail Records?

Iowa jail inmate search 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 Iowa inmate search records. Any visitors the inmate receives is also documented along with everything else that happens to them during their stay.

Jail and Inmate Search in Iowa

IA has a current jail and prison population of 8,424. Among all the correctional facilities in the state as a whole, they are over capacity by about 15%. IA’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.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Iowa Imprisonment Rate
Prison Population
Probation Population
Parole Population
11.1:1 (Black : White Ratio)
1.7:1 (Hispanic : White Ratio)
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000)
52,012 (2.17%)
Disenfranchised Population
6,879 (9.84%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Corrections Expenditures (in millions)

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 (2016)
Parole Total Population in Iowa (2016)
Parole Entries & Exits (2016)
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
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Adults entering parole, by type of entry
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Term of supervised release

Iowa Prisons

The state 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, IW’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, the state has a property crime rate of 2,086, a violent crime rate of 291 and an incarceration rate of 286.