Black Hawk County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: April 24, 2023
225 E 6th St, Waterloo, IA 50703
Black Hawk

Black Hawk Co Jail is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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Black Hawk County Jail basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 319-291-2587

The Black Hawk County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 225 E 6th St in Waterloo, IA. This county jail is operated locally by the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Black Hawk County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Waterloo Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

There are new detainees delivered to the jail daily, you can see arrest records here. Some are released after putting up bail, are released to a pretrial services caseload, are placed under supervision by a probation agency, or are released on their own recognizance with an agreement to appear in court. If there is no release, the inmate must wait here at the jail for their court appearance as a guest of the County, getting a bed and three square meals.

Trustees are inmates who work in the jail as cooks, as orderlies for the staff, in the laundry or in the commissary. The trustees are paid a very small amount for their time and some jail gives the trustees a few days off their sentence in exchange for their work.

When an inmate arrives in jail they are put together in a large holding cell with other inmates in the intake. While in intake they are under heightened observation. Violent and out of control inmates are segregated.

Can I Get Work Release?

Work release is when you are released from jail during the day so that you can go to work. At the end of the day, you return to jail for the night. There are a number of requirements to be able to get into the work-release program. Most programs require your employer to fill out some paperwork. If you want to get into the work release program then apply prior to being sentenced to jail. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in jail waiting to get into the program.

Can I call my family in Jail?

Black Hawk County Jail has a phone program where inmates make outbound calls only, you cannot call into jail. Since you are paying for those calls don't make it a habit of accepting collect-calls, they are over $15 each. The alternative is to set up an account through their third-party phone company which charges steep fees for each minute used. You are paying for them to call you. Click here if you are going to speak a lot and need a discount on the calls.

Remember - These phone calls are recorded and conversations can be used against you or the inmate so do not discuss your case over these phone lines.

Inmate Locator

Black Hawk County Jail publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Iowa. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Covid Visitation Information

As of March 18, 2020, registration and visitation rules have changed to protect inmates at Black Hawk County Jail and their loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no in-person visits for family and friends due to the COVID-19 situation. Video visitation is available; details can be found below or call 319-291-2587.


  • All visits through the video visitation system require the visitor to establish a user account.

Visitation Information

Black Hawk County Jail - Visitation

While in the Black Hawk County Jail, inmates are entitled to reasonable contact with their families and friends, unless restricted by disciplinary or other sanctions for a specified period of time.

  • General population inmates may receive one visit per day for up to 30 minutes.
  • Maximum security inmates are allowed two visits per week, up to 30 minutes each, unless restricted for disciplinary or other reasons.
  • Special Housing Unit (SHU) inmates are allowed one visit per week for up to 30 minutes each, unless restricted for disciplinary or other reasons.
  • If the inmate you are visiting is housed in unit A1, the two visitation days are Monday and Thursday.
  • If the inmate you are visiting is housed in unit A2 (SHU), the one visitation day is Wednesday.
  • If the inmate you are visiting is housed in unit A3, the two visitation days are Tuesday and Friday.
  • If the inmate you are visiting is female and in the SHU, the one visitation day is Wednesday.

All inmate visits are scheduled for Monday through Friday (Excluding holidays) and start at 8:30am, 9am, 9:30am, 10am, and 10:30am. After lunch, the visits restart at 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2pm. There is also evening visitation for general population only inmates starting at 7pm and 7:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays only.

As a visitor, you must be here and signed in at least 10 minutes prior to the start times listed above – No exceptions. Space is limited, so expect delays when attempting to visit an inmate.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office reserves the right to refuse visitor access. Visitors are expected to abide by the following rules:

  • Inmate visitors must be 18 years or older and have a non-expired government-issued photo ID.
  • Inmate visitor parking is not allowed in our front parking lot during our normal business hours. This lot is reserved for Sheriff’s Office business only.
  • Persons under 18 years of age are not allowed in the visitation waiting area.
  • If you visit more than one inmate, you will be required to wait ½ hour between visit times.
  • Personal property such as purses, cell phones, cameras, paper, pen, etc., is not allowed upstairs. Lockers are available for these items. Please turn off your cell phone when placing it in a locker.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed at visitation or the visitation waiting area.
  • Profanity, cursing and derogatory remarks are not allowed. Keep noise down to a minimum.
  • Do not use your cell phone when checking in for visits.
  • Tank tops and tops with spaghetti straps are not allowed. Shoulders must be covered.
  • Low-cut shirts that show chest cleavage are not allowed.
  • Shorts and skirts are not allowed if they are deemed inappropriate or too short.
  • Pants must be worn at the waist.
  • Jackets and coats will not be worn upstairs.
  • Headwear of any kind is not allowed, unless for a verified religious reason and pre-approved by jail staff.

Visitors who violate any of these rules may be restricted and possibly banned from visiting inmates in the future.

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