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Woodbury County IA Jail

County Jail

Last Updated: November 21, 2022
407 7th St, Sioux City, IA 51101

Woodbury 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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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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Woodbury County IA 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: 712-279-6040

The Woodbury County IA Jail is a medium-security detention center located at 407 7th St Sioux City, IA which is operated locally by the Woodbury 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. Woodbury County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Sioux City Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center and Jail were built in 1987. After several renovations over the years, the main jail currently has bed space for 234 inmates. The jail houses pre-trial and sentenced inmates, along with contract federal prisoners with the U. S. Marshals Service.



Bonding Procedures:

Verify bond amount and conditions of release by calling 712.279.6040.

If you desire to post a cash bond, the bond can be posted during normal working hours with the Woodbury County Clerk of Courts, Monday through Friday, 8:00A to 4:30P. After hours, the bond can be posted with the Woodbury County Jail.

Inmate Mail Procedures:

The letter must be addressed to Inmates Name

Woodbury County Jail

P. O. Box 3083

Sioux City, Iowa 51102

The return address must contain the sender's complete name and full address.No packages are accepted.

If you have been arrested, you may not visit for 90 days if you were arrested for a serious or aggravated misdemeanor and one year for a felony arrest.

If you were arrested on a simple misdemeanor, you may visit the following day.

Inmate Property:

Inmate property or personal property is no longer accepted at the Woodbury County Jail. All property is now purchased through the Inmate Commissary Account System.

Soft covered bibles are accepted Monday-Friday 8-3:15. Wednesday is book day. NEW, SOFT covered books WITH receipt are accepted on Wednesday ONLY. Inmates are allowed up to two (2) books on Wednesday. Please bring ID when dropping them off at the Jail Administration window.

Inmate Commissary Account(s):

Money is no longer accepted at Jail Administration. All money must be deposited through the ATM on the second-floor balcony in the LEC, next to the Video Visitation kiosks. Money can be deposited Monday - Friday 8A to 4:30P. Money can also be deposited on-line @ jailatm.com.

Inmate Phone System:

All calls are routed through NCIC and are collect calls. To set up an account, you must call NCIC at 1.800.943.2189. In-state calls for 15-minutes are $7.50. InmateAid numbers will reduce the call price to $3.15. Click here for details.

The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office RISC Team is a Jail based team that handles all types of situations that occur within the facility. The team has a total of 16 members and a team leader. Each shift has four officers assigned to the RISC Team with each of those teams having a squad leader. It is structured to have four members on duty, reducing the response time for emergency situations, with an additional four on-call to assist at a moment’s notice. They are trained in various specialties and tactical operations.

Among numerous additional tasks, one of the more important roles of the RISC Team is inmate classifications. When an inmate is required to post a bond or remain in jail for a period of time, the team will classify each inmate prior to being housed in the pre-determined section(s) that are appropriate for their classification. The classification process is essential to the operation of an orderly and safe jail. It enables the jail to gauge the proper custody level of an inmate, to identify the inmate’s education, vocation, and psychological needs, and to separate non-violent inmates from the more predatory, making the facility safer for both inmates and officers.

Additionally, team members are trained in a variety of tactical skills that include weapons use, distraction devices, less lethal options including Taser, Pepperball, Bean Bag and Pepper spray.

RISC Team members have had training in handling inmates that have mental illnesses and require specialized care and or attention. Inmates incarcerated with mental illnesses have been on the rise for years and jails have become more aware of mental illness and how to treat and manage the inmates that have these issues.

Team members are also used during high profile court cases and trials, high-risk prisoner transports and situations that sometimes require officers with specialized expertise.

If you would like additional information on the team please contact Team Leader Randy Uhl at 712-279-6040 or rauhl@woodburycountyiowa.gov

Inmate Locator

Woodbury County IA 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 Woodbury County IA 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 712-279-6040.


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

Visitation Information

Woodbury County IA Jail - Visitation


Monday through Friday: 10:00A to 11:00A, check in 9:45A - 10:25A, and 12:00P to 3:15P, check in 11:30A - 2:40P.

Wednesday evening: 5:45P to 7:45P. Check-in time 5:30P to 7:10P.

You must check-in with Jail Administration during the check-in times respectively.

No visitation on holidays.

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