Mahaska County Courthouse

Sheriff: Jail

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 are 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 are 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.

Victim Notification (VINE)

The VINE service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.  

VINE will allow you to check on the status of inmates housed in facilities outside of Mahaska County such as other Iowa Counties or the Iowa Department of Corrections. VINE is a part of the National Victim Notification Network

Please visit the VINE website to register for notification regarding the change in custody status of an inmate.


Fingerprinting is available to the public for school, job opportunities, and adoptions.  The cost to be fingerprinted is $5.00 (cash only) per card.  Please call the jail to schedule an appointment.  Juveniles are not allowed unless required by a court order. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I send a 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 Reliance for our inmate phone system.  The inmates can purchase calling cards off of commissary.  You can also set-up a account directly with Reliance by calling them at 1-800-896-3201.

What if I want my number blocked so I don’t receive calls from the jail?
Call the jail  at 641-673-2591 and give them your name and number or you can call Reliance directly at 1-800-896-3201.

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.