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Marion County IA Law Enforcement Center

County Jail

Last Updated: May 30, 2019
211 N Godfrey Ln, Knoxville, IA 50138

Marion County IA 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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Marion County IA Law Enforcement Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 641-828-2245

The Marion County IA Law Enforcement Center is a medium-security detention center located at 211 N Godfrey Ln Knoxville, IA which is operated locally by the Marion 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. Marion County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Knoxville Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

Intake Process

Individuals who have been placed under arrest anywhere in Marion County, with the exception of Pella, are first transported to the Marion County Jail in Knoxville. Upon arrival, arrestees must complete the following steps:

  • Property Intake
  • Medical Screening
  • Fingerprinting
  • Photographing
  • Warrants Check

Appearance in Magistrate Court

Arrestees that are unable to post bail will appear before a Magistrate Judge within 24 hours (including Saturdays and Sundays). The Judge will inform the arrestee of the charge(s) and, if appropriate, will set a bond amount.


Property may NOT be left for an inmate at the Marion County Jail. Items such as hygiene products, underwear, writing materials, phone cards and snacks may be purchased through the commissary by the inmates.


A commissary account is established for each inmate upon arrival. All monies applied toward this may be used for candy, paper, stamped envelopes, shampoo, deodorant, socks, underwear, etc. Commissary items not used are taken with the inmate upon their transfer or release. Any commissary balance will be refunded to the inmate upon their transfer or release. Money may be added to an inmate’s account by using the cashier kiosk in the lobby of the Marion County Law Enforcement Center, or by visiting, https://inmatecanteen.com or by calling Inmate Canteen at 1-715-690-2965.

Inmate Mail

  • Incoming mail will be delivered to inmates Monday through Friday.
  • All incoming mail is opened and searched for contraband.
  • Privileged mail sent by legal representatives will only be opened in the presence of the addressed inmate.
  • All money received through the mail will be posted to the addressed inmate’s account. Do not send cash or personal checks.
  • Unauthorized items mailed to an inmate will be placed in the property room or disposed of as appropriate. Inmates will receive items not disposed of at the time of their release.
  • Inmate mail must be addressed as follows:
    • Inmate's Full Name
    • Marion County Jail
    • 211 N. Godfrey Ln
    • Knoxville, IA 50138

Release Process

There are four ways an inmate may be released:

  • Bond - as determined by a Magistrate Judge.
  • Pre-Trial Release – If unable to post bail, an inmate may apply through the 5th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for pre-trial release.
  • Final Court Appearance and Sentencing – as determined by a District Court Judge.
  • Per Court Order

Inmate Locator

Marion County IA Law Enforcement Center 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 Marion County IA Law Enforcement Center 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 641-828-2245.


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

Visitation Information

Marion County IA Jail - Visitation

Visiting hours

Thursday and Sunday evenings, from 5:30 pm until 9:00 pm

Inmates held 7 days or longer are allowed four 20 minute on-site visits per week. Inmates are informed of visiting days and hours and are responsible for relaying the information to those who wish to visit them.

Visitation Rules:

  • All visits are done via video/audio connection. Contact visitation will not be allowed.
  • All visitors shall first be authorized by the Jail Administrator or his designee before a visit (on-site or off-site) is allowed.
  • No one under the age of 14 is allowed to visit inmates on-site. A minor visitor from the age of 14 to 17 must be a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, brother, sister or grandchild and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Legal proof of the relationship may be required.
  • Government-issued photo identifications, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID card, must be presented by each visitor. Visitors who do not have proper identification will not be permitted to visit.
  • Anyone held in the Marion County Jail within the previous 6 months will not be permitted to visit.
  • All visitors brought into the visitation area shall be subject to search, including but not limited to handbags, sacks, and parcels.
  • Visitors must be appropriately dressed. Shoes, shirts and appropriate underclothing must be worn. Visitors wearing suggestive clothing will not be permitted to visit.
  • Proper behavior of all visitors is required. Visitation will be denied if the visitor is determined to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • The Jail Administrator, or his designee, may deny any visit or suspend all visits if, in his/her opinion, there is reasonable suspicion that the security of an inmate and/or the security of the facility is in jeopardy.
  • Visitors may not give anything or take anything from an inmate.

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