Iowa Federal Inmate Locator Departament of Corrections
- 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 161 jails and prisons in state Iowa
Newton Correctional Facility
307 South 60th Avenue West PO Box 218, Newton, IA, 50208
Dickinson County Jail
1802 Hill Avenue PO Box 214, Spirit Lake, IA, 51360
Fort Dodge Correctional Institution
1550 L Street, Fort Dodge, IA, 50501-5767
O'brien County Jail
240-1st St NEPrimghar, IOWA 51245
Woodbine City Jail
515 Walker Street, Woodbine, IA, 51579
Waverly City Jail
111 4th Street Northeast, Waverly, IA, 50677
Waterloo City Jail
715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, IA, 50703
Vinton City Jail
310 A Avenue, Vinton, IA, 52349
Strawberry Point City Jail
111 Commercial Street, Strawberry Point, IA, 52076
Storm Lake City Jail
401 East Milwaukee Avenue, Storm Lake, IA, 50588
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
Sac City City Jail
311 Williams Street, Sac City, IA, 50583
Red Oak City Jail
601 North 6th Street, Red Oak, IA, 51566
Onawa City Jail
909 7th Street, Onawa, IA, 51040
Oelwein City Jail
20 2nd Avenue Southwest, Oelwein, IA, 50662
Newton City Jail
101 West 4th Street South, Newton, IA, 50208
Mitchellville City Jail
110 Second Street NE, Mitchellville, IA, 50169
Le Mars City Jail
22 2nd Street Northeast PO Box 236, Le Mars, IA, 51031