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.

What are 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.

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.

Criminal Justice Quick Facts

Iowa Imprisonment Rate
Iowa Imprisonment Rate: 282
Prison Population
Prison Population: 8,998
Probation Population
Probation Population: 29,819
Parole Population
Parole Population: 5,901
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate
Racial Disparity in Incarceration Rate: Black : White Ratio - 11.1:1 Hispanic : White Ratio - 1.7:1
Juvenile Custody Rate
Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000): 207
Disenfranchised Population
Disenfranchised Population: 52,012 (2.17%)
Disenfranchised African Americans
Disenfranchised African Americans: 6,879 (9.84%)
Corrections Expenditures
Corrections Expenditures (in millions): 448

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.

5 States with More Female Prisoners than Iowa

State Number of Female prisoners

5 States with More Male Prisoners than Iowa

State Number of Male prisoners
New York48,442

The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years

Number of Male Prisoners
Number of Female Prisoners
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

Increased by

Adults entering parole, by type of entry

Type of Parole Entry Number of Parolees
Mandatory: 0
Discretionary: 3,810
Reinstatement: 0
Term of supervised release: 0
Other: 0
Unknown or not reported: 0

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.