O'Brien County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: April 14, 2021
240 1st St NE, Pringhar, IA 51245

O'Brien 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.

The phone carrier is Reliance Telephone System, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

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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You can support your loved ones at O'Brien Co Jail on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 712-957-5245.

When someone you care about gets locked up, it's tough to figure out all the ins and outs of jail life. From sending mail to visiting, there are a lot of things to sort out. And getting info about the arrest? Not always easy. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get a handle on how things work at O'Brien County Jail so you can stay connected and support your loved one behind bars.

The O'Brien Co Jail is a detention center located at 240 1st St NE Pringhar, IA which is operated locally by the O'Brien 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. O'Brien County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, Pringhar Police Department, and the US Marshal's Service.

New detainees arrive at the jail regularly, with some being released on bail, placed under pretrial services caseloads, supervised by probation agencies, or released on recognizance with a court appearance agreement. Those who are not released await their court appearances at the jail, receiving accommodations including bedding and meals. You can see all the arrest records for Iowa here.

Information about an arrestee’s charges(s) and bond is generally available after an arrest by calling (712) 957-5245. Depending on the charge, there may not always be a bond. This would require the inmate to see the Magistrate or Judge prior to being released. You may contact the Clerk of Court at (712) 957-3255 for more information about posting bail or bonding someone out at the courthouse.

Intake & Release Process
Individuals who have been placed under arrest are transported to the O’Brien County Jail. Upon arrival, they must complete the
following steps:

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

Incoming mail is delivered to inmates Monday through Friday. Inmate mail will only be accepted through mail service and will not be accepted from individuals at the jail.

  • All incoming mail is opened and searched for contraband (such as checks, inappropriate photos, matches, lighters,
  • cigarettes, jewelry, food, unknown substances on paper etc.)
  • Mail sent by legal representatives is opened only in the presence of the inmate addressee.
  • No staples are allowed in mail
  • Tape & stickers may be removed from mail
  • Inmates may receive letters and cards.
  • Personal checks are not accepted. Cash, cashiers checks or money orders and the only accepted forms of currency.
  • Unauthorized items mailed to an inmate will be placed in their property locker or disposed of as appropriate. Inmates will
  • receive items not disposed of upon their release.
  • If an inmate has been released or is transferred to another facility all mail will be returned to sender.

Inmate Property

  • four (4) pairs of white socks
  • four (4) white t-shirts NO POCKETS and these must be purchased from the jail
  • four (4) pair boxers or underwear any combination
  • All personal clothing that is received either from visitors or mail must be new and still in original packaging
  • Books and magazines sent directly from the publisher will be accepted only if sent by the publisher. They must be prepaid prior to arriving. Inmates are not allowed to send money out for these orders. If they contain staples they will not be permitted.

Inmate Commissary Account
A commissary account is established for each inmate upon arrival. All monies applied towards this may be used for candy, paper, stamped envelopes, shampoo, conditioner, pop, lined paper, body lotion etc. Any inmate commissary balance will be refunded to the inmate in the form of either cash or money order upon their release or transport to another agency or facility. Inmates are allowed to have a maximum of $100 in their account. Anything more than that may not be accepted and returned to sender.

Money may be released for the following reasons only:
1. Attorney fees
2. To pay said inmate’s fines
3. To post said inmate’s own bond
4. Commissary Supplies
5. To make work release payments.

Meals - Inmates in General population status receive 3 meals per day which follow a prescribed dietary meal plan.

Medical - If an inmate becomes ill while incarcerated in the O’Brien County jail the inmate must fill out a request for medical attention (emergency situations may not allow the inmate to make a request in writing). The staff will then make arrangements through the O’Brien County designated medical provider. There is a $5.00 administrative fee for medical practitioners/doctor appointments. Over the counter medications may be available. Inmates are charged 30 cents per dose. If an inmate has pharmaceutical needs from a previous or current ailment, medications are purchased from the designated pharmacy and dispensed by jail staff at the prescribed time and prescribed dosage. All jail staff have received medication management training with the State of Iowa. Inmates may be required to pay for services received. Iowa law allows the recovery of medical costs paid by the county on behalf of county jail inmates while incarcerated within the county jail.

Jail officers are dedicated to ensuring the prompt processing and release of eligible arrestees. The amount of time required to complete this process may be affected by several things: the number of arrestees being processed, the cooperation of the arrestee and other scheduled tasks in the jail.

There are four ways an inmate may be released.

  1. Bond- as determined by a magistrate judge
  2. Pre-trial Release – if the subject is unable to bond, they may apply through the O’Brien County Court House. If the inmate meets the criteria they will be released on their own recognizance with their promise to appear at their next scheduled court hearing.
  3. Final court appearance and sentencing- as determined by the District Court judge per court order.
  4. Appearance in Magistrate Court - Arrestees are generally seen in Magistrate Court within 24 hours for new charges if they are unable to bond out. The time that the Magistrate or Judge comes in for a hearing is at their discretion. The judge will inform the arrestee of the charge(s) and, if appropriate, will set a bail/bond amount. If arrestees are arrested for prior charges that were not satisfied by an earlier judgement or failure to appear, contact jail staff and they will advise you of their status. If an arrestee cannot afford an attorney he/she may apply for a court-appointed attorney either through the courthouse or may pick up an application prior to being released if the charge is greater than a simple misdemeanor.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Iowa. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at O'Brien County Jail.

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at aid@inmateaid.com, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

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.

Visitation Information

O’Brien County Jail - Visitation

  • Female visitation: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Male visitation: Thursdays and Sundays from 2:30-4:00 pm

Inmates are informed of visiting days and hours and are responsible for relaying this information to those who wish to visit them.

Government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, military identification, passport or state-issued ID card must be presented by each adult visitor. Visitors who do not have proper identification will not be permitted to visit unless prior authorization is granted, which will be on a one by one basis.

  • Visitors must be appropriately dressed, Shoes, shirts and appropriate underclothing must be worn. Visitors wearing inappropriate clothing may be asked to change or leave.
  • No one under the age of 18 is allowed to visit inmates without an adult present at all times.
  • Visitors found to be or appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to visit and could face charges themselves.
  • Staff will accept only the following from visitors or delivery through mail service (correspondence must be sent via U.S. Mail Service), white socks, white boxers or panties, white non-underwire bra, cash or money order.
  • Proper behavior of all visitors is required.
  • All inmates are required to fill out a visitor list which may include up to 6 adults. Children under the age of 18 will not be included in the number. Inmates are allowed to change their visitor lists on the 1st of every month. If you are not on the inmate’s visitor list you will not be allowed to visit. At any one time only 3 visitors per inmate are allowed in the visitation room.
  • If inmates are in administrative control and under restrictions they may not be allowed visitation.
  • All visitors are subject to search
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the visitation area

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