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Mahaska County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: December 07, 2021
214 High Ave E, Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Mahaska County 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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Mahaska 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: 641-673-2591

The Mahaska County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 214 High Ave E Oskaloosa, IA which is operated locally by the Mahaska County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Mahaska County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Oskaloosa Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Mahaska County Jail is operated at the direction of the Sheriff and is supported by the Jail Administration and additional support staff including both men and women Correctional Officers, and Kitchen Staff. All these positions are staffed within the secure perimeter of the Jail Facility.

Jail personnel is responsible for the daily operation of the Jail in keeping the facility a safe and secure environment for both inmates and staff. The jail is direct supervision jail and is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Jail personnel is generally also responsible for maintaining inmate’s court appearances, medical appointments, mental health appointments and transports to and from other correctional facilities and overseeing jail visitation.

How do I send my inmate money for commissary items?
The Mahaska County Jail does accept cash, money orders, and cashiers checks.

How do the phone calls work?
We use Securus Technology for our inmate phone system. The inmates can purchase calling cards off of commissary. You can also set-up an account directly with Securus by calling them at 1-800-844-6591.

Are phone calls and visitation different?
Yes. Visitation requires a trip to the Jail by the person that wants to talk to the inmate. Phone calls can be made by inmates at all times that they are not in lockdown.

Are my phone calls and visitations recorded?
Most visitations and phone calls are recorded.

Inmate Locator

Mahaska 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 aid@inmateaid.com 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 Mahaska 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 641-673-2591.


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

Visitation Information

Mahaska County Jail - Visitation

Visitation days are Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. For visitation times for a particular inmate please call 641-673-2591.

Rules for Visitors

Any violation of Mahaska County Jail rules during visitation can result in this privilege being suspended or taken away.

No Personal Property is Allowed in the Visitation Room:

  • No wallets or purses
  • No cell phones or other electronic devices
  • No caps or hats
  • No cameras or pictures
  • No toys, etc ...

Note: There are lockers available between the lobby doors. They are 25 cents each; you will receive your quarter back when you return the key to the locker. Please place your personal items in a locker or leave it in your vehicle.

  • No Food, Gum, Beverages or Candy:
    • Baby bottles needed for feeding may be taken in.
  • Coats will be allowed only during inclement/bad weather.
  • No animals except for licensed service animals.
  • No Tobacco- No cigarettes, No smokeless tobacco/chew
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will be allowed to visit.
  • No inappropriate behavior-
    • Examples: No 'flashing' or the showing of body parts, No see-through clothing.
  • Keep children under control.
  • Please no shouting or yelling.
  • Only two (2) adults per inmate are allowed to visit per scheduled visitation day.
  • The parent or legal guardian of any person/child under the age of eighteen (18) must accompany the minor and be on the visitation list, the minor does not have to be on the visitation list.
  • Anyone who has been an inmate at the Mahaska County Correctional Facility within the last sixty (60) days is not allowed to visit.

Any questions in reference to visiting an inmate at the Mahaska County Jail, please contact the jail: 641-673-2591

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