Iowa Inmate Search


About Iowa Department of Corrections

Inmates serving their time in Iowa state prisons records are kept by the Iowa Department of Corrections. The department of corrections can be search by the public with the following information:

While the Iowa Department of Corrections tries to keep their database up to date, you may find sometimes it is not current if there have been proceedings one after the other. For complete updated information, you can contact the Iowa Department of Corrections at 515-725‐5701.

However, the city and county jails don’t use the same database as the state of Iowa; you will need to contact proper authorities for their inmate records.


Basic Information

Department Name Iowa Department of Corrections
Official Website
Currently Incarcerated Inmates
Location 510 E 12th St, Des Moines, IA 50319, United States
Phone Number +1 515-725-5701

How to Do an Inmate Search in Iowa

When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are the property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.

The Iowa Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official Iowa Department of Corrections website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

You will see the following pieces of information in the Iowa jails inmate search:

You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the Iowa inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever.

In the state of Iowa, there is 12 state prisons, such as the Iowa State Penitentiary. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the Iowa prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions.

As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail.

As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The Iowa Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.

If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.

If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.

In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.

You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of Florida. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.

You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the Iowa inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the Iowa DOC inmate lookup this database is available to the general public to use also.

The sex offender database can be found on the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
Department of Public Safety Building.

You can search this database by the following pieces of information:

Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.

This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in a state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.

When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:

Types of Correctional Facilities in Iowa

List of Correctional Facilities in Iowa

There are 213 jails and prisons in Iowa.
Showing 151 – 200 of 213 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
Linn County Correctional Center County Jail Linn County
Shelby County Jail County Jail Shelby County
Lyon County Jail County Jail Lyon County
Southwest Iowa Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Pottawattamie County
Pottawattamie County Jail County Jail Pottawattamie County
Sac County Jail County Jail Sac County
Polk County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Polk County
Grundy Center Jail County Jail Grundy County
Sioux County Jail County Jail Sioux County
North Iowa Juvenile Detention County Jail Black Hawk|howard|chichasaw|buchanan|delaware|dubuque|clayton|fa County
Dubuque County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Dubuque County
Jones County Jail County Jail Jones County
Monona County Jail County Jail Monona County
Montgomery County Jail County Jail Montgomery County
Page County Jail County Jail Page County
Polk County Jail - New County Jail Polk County
Scott County Tremont Facility County Jail Scott County
Linn County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Linn County
Hardin County Correctional Center County Jail Hardin County
Van Buren County Jail County Jail Van Buren County
Worth County Jail County Jail Worth County
Woodbury County Jail County Jail Woodbury County
Madison County Jail County Jail Madison County
Marion County Law Enforcement Center County Jail Marion County
Jefferson County Jail County Jail Jefferson County
Spirit Lake Jail City Jail Dickinson County
St. Ansgar Jail City Jail Mitchell County
Urbandale Jail City Jail Polk County
Washington Jail City Jail Washington County
Webster Jail City Jail Hamilton County
Guttenberg Jail City Jail Clayton County
Grinnell Jail City Jail Poweshiek County
Hartley Jail City Jail O'Brien County
Gowrie Jail City Jail Webster County
Hawarden Jail City Jail Sioux County
Hiawatha City Jail City Jail Linn County
Humboldt Jail City Jail Humboldt County
Huxley Jail City Jail Story County
Iowa Jail City Jail Johnson County
Indianola Jail City Jail Warren County
Iowa Falls Jail City Jail Hardin County
Independence Jail City Jail Buchanan County
Keota Jail City Jail Keokuk County
Jesup Jail City Jail Buchanan County
Jefferson Jail City Jail Greene County
Lake Park Jail City Jail DIckinson County
La Porte Jail City Jail Black Hawk County
Maquoketa Jail City Jail Jackson County
Manchester Jail City Jail Delaware County
Marengo Jail City Jail Iowa County
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