- Department Name
- Iowa Department of Corrections
- Official Website
- Currently Incarcerated Inmates
- 510 E 12th St, Des Moines, IA 50319, United States
- Phone Number
- +1 515-725-5701
Types of Correctional Facilities in Iowa
Those who are serving their sentence in Iowa state prisons are overseen by the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC). The DOC website has a centralized inmate database that makes it easy to search for an inmate.
Keep in mind that county jails, police jails, and city jails have their own website, so if someone is serving their time in one of those facilities, you will not find them on the DOC website.
Below you will find information and details on how to search for an inmate. From there you will be able to talk to, send money, and visit an inmate by going through the proper channels.
Mission of Iowa DOC
Each mission of the state prisons around the country is a little different. Those working for the Iowa Department of Corrections believe people can change and have made it their mission to create opportunities for safer communities. They believe the following:
- People can change
- Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity
- Their efforts make people safer
- Everyone must work as a team to succeed
How to Search for an Inmate
In order to visit, send money, or talk to an inmate, you will need to do an inmate search. From the Iowa Department of Corrections home page, you will find buttons under offender information. Click on offender search to search for an inmate. You will need the following information to complete a search:
- First name
- Middle name
- Last name
- Offender number
- Their offense
- The county of commitment
If you do not know all the information, you can fill in as much information as possible to get a list of inmates. Write down the information you find about the inmate such as their ID number as you may need this for other things.
Keep in mind that some inmates may not be placed on this list due to safety concerns. If you are having trouble searching for an inmate, you can fill out the contact form or call 515-725-5701.
How to Communicate with an Inmate
If you want to communicate with an inmate, you can do so via phone of offender-email. For some, the email method is more cost effective. Here is how it works:
Offender email: To send and receive emails with an inmate, you will need to sign up for Corrlinks. Emails are called o’mails and the offender can add minutes to their o’mail account just as they do a phone account. The cost for each o’mail is 25 cents.
Offender Telephone Services: In order for offenders to make calls, they must have a prepaid balance on their phone account. You can put money on their phone account by filling out the prepaid phone form. Friends and family may call 319-372-5432 extensions 41821# Monday thru Friday from 1PM-4PM.
Sending an Inmate Money
If you wish to put money on an inmate's books, you will have to go through the offenders banking. All money is handled by the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility (FDCF) and must be sent there.
Money will only be taken in the form of a cashier’s check or money order to the following address: IDOC Offender Fiduciary Account; 1550 L Street, Suite B’ Fort Dodge, IA 50501.
Be sure cashier's checks and money orders have the following information: offender name, offender number, sender's name, and sender’s address.
It is important to follow the rules and procedures of the Iowa DOC as this will ensure you are able to speak to and visit an inmate in a timely fashion.
Correctional Facilities in IowaThere are 275 jails and prisons in state Iowa
Woodbine City Jail
515 Walker Street, Woodbine, IA, 51579
Windsor Heights City Jail
1133 66th Street, Windsor Heights, IA, 50311
Williamsburg City Jail
210 East State Street, Williamsburg, IA, 52361
Waverly City Jail
111 4th Street Northeast, Waverly, IA, 50677
Waukee City Jail
1300 L.A. Grand Parkway PO Box 757, Waukee, IA, 50263
Waterloo City Jail
715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, IA, 50703
Walcott City Jail
212 West Lincoln Street PO Box 247, Walcott, IA, 52773
Vinton City Jail
310 A Avenue, Vinton, IA, 52349
Van Meter City Jail
505 Grant Street, Van Meter, IA, 50261
University Heights City Jail
1004 Melrose Avenue, University Heights, IA, 52246
Tipton City Jail
407 Lynn Street, Tipton, IA, 52772
Tama City Jail
305 Siegel Street, Tama, IA, 52339
Swea City City Jail
208 3rd Street North, Swea City, IA, 50509
Strawberry Point City Jail
111 Commercial Street, Strawberry Point, IA, 52076
Storm Lake City Jail
401 East Milwaukee Avenue, Storm Lake, IA, 50588
State Center City Jail
118 East Main Street, State Center, IA, 50247
Spencer City Jail
405 First Avenue West, Spencer, IA, 51301
Sioux Center City Jail
335 1st Avenue Northwest, Sioux Center, IA, 51250
Sioux City City Jail
601 Douglas Street, Sioux City, IA, 51101
Sheldon City Jail
PO Box 276, Sheldon, IA, 51201