Palo Alto County Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: August 29, 2019
2001 11th St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Palo Alto

Palo Alto 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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Palo Alto 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: 712-852-3535

The Palo Alto County Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 2001 11th St Emmetsburg, IA which is operated locally by the Palo Alto 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. Palo Alto County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Emmetsburg Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The County Sheriff, operating a jail, may charge a prisoner who is 18 years of age or older and who has been convicted of a criminal offense for the actual administrative costs relating to the arrest and booking of that prisoner, for room and board provided to the prisoner while in the custody of the County Sheriff and for any medical aid provided to the prisoner. The Palo Alto County Sheriff currently charges $50.00 per day for room and board.

Work Release Privilege - Every prisoner of a county jail under a sentence to accommodate the person's work schedule; per court order, is liable for the cost of the prisoner's board in the jail as fixed by the County Board of Supervisors, currently $35.00 per day.

Inmates on work release shall sign a contract with the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office and abide by the rules established with this program. Random drug (urine) and alcohol (breath) testing will be mandatory during work release. The Sheriff, using his discretion, may suspend the privilege for violations of the contract, for positive drug test or other reasons.

Inmates will pay for this privilege in advance unless prior arrangements have been made with the Sheriff or Office Manager. Suspension of the work release privilege will also result for failing to pay for the room and board.

Electronic Monitoring: Inmates granted the Work Release Privilege will also be required to wear an Electronic Monitoring Device, commonly knows as a GPS device. The cost of this device is $6 per calendar day. Payment of this device will be made in advance before being released for work. Payment may be made in cash, by money order or by paying online with a Credit Card. The Credit Card payment process may be completed at the Palo Alto County Jail or by visiting the Innovative MonitoringSystems website on the right. If paying by money order it must be made out in care of Innovative Monitoring Systems or IMS.

Phone Privileges - Inmates have access to a telephone while confined in the Palo Alto County Jail. Inmates can purchase a phone card from the jail staff through their commissary account. A phone card can also be purchased by friends or family online. Please go to to purchase a $20, $50 or $100 phone card. The purchased card will be sent to the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office and provided to the inmate.

Inmate Locator

Palo Alto 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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Visitation Information

Palo Alto County Jail - Visitation

Visiting Hours:

  • Sunday - 2 pm to 4 pm.
  • Wednesday - 9 am to 11 am
  • Saturday - 7 pm to 9 pm

Visitation will be conducted by electronic means. Visitors and inmates will be able to see each other on a computer screen and audio communication will be enabled with the aid of a handheld receiver. The length of the visit will be approximately 20 minutes but may be extended depending on the number of inmates requesting visitation that day.

Special Visitation: The Sheriff or Jail Administrator may permit visitation by persons coming from a long distance on a day other then normal visitation or for other just cause. Arrangements for special visitation will be made in advance of the visit.

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