Jail Division

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Initial Intake into Dallas County Correctional Facility

Charge and Bond Information

Information about a specific arrestee's charge(s) and bond is available online through our Arrest Inquiry Database. You can also call (515) 993-5815 or visit the jail located on the north side of the Sheriff’s Office Building at 201  Nile Kinnick Drive North in Adel.

Cash, cashier's checks or money orders are the only accepted methods of payment for bail. When posting bail, cashier's checks and money orders must be made payable to the Dallas County Clerk of Court. If eligible for bond, inmate may use the bail bond company of their choice.

Intake & Release Process
Individuals who have been placed under arrest are first transported to Dallas County Sheriff's Correctional Facility, which is located in Adel, Iowa. Upon arrival, they must complete the following steps:

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

While the staff at Dallas County Correctional Facility is dedicated to ensuring the prompt processing and release of eligible arrestees, the amount of time required to complete this process may be affected by the volume of arrestees being processed simultaneously.

There are four ways an inmate may be released.

  • Bond – as determined by a Magistrate Judge
  • Pre – Trial Release - If subject is unable to bond, they may apply through the 5th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services for pretrial release. If inmate meets the criteria they will be released on their own recognizance with their promise to appear at their next scheduled court hearing.
  • Final court appearance and sentencing – as determined by a District Court Judge
  • Per court order

Appearance in Magistrate Court
On a new charge they will see the magistrate judge within 24 hours. The magistrate sets his/her own schedule and time is at the judge’s discretion. The judge will inform the arrestee of the charge(s) and, if appropriate, will set a bond amount.

On a District Court warrant for “Failure to Appear”, they will see a judge the following Tuesday, Thursday or Friday following arrest depending on the degree of the crime.  If the Judge does not release them, it could be up to 90 days before their final court appearance.

Visiting, Writing & Phoning Inmates

Visiting Rules & Regulations
Accommodations are made for one 1 1/2 hour visit per inmate per week. Visiting days and hours vary according to the Dallas County jail facility. Due to limited staffing, visitation is allowed Monday through Friday only. 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.
  • Anyone held in the Dallas County Correctional Facility within the past six (6) months will not be allowed to visit current inmates.
  • Visitors must be appropriately dressed. Shoes, shirts and appropriate underclothing must be worn. Visitors wearing suggestive clothing, transparent fabric, short-shorts or mini-skirts will not be permitted to visit.
  • No one under the age of 18 is allowed to visit inmates without a court order. Orders may be obtained by an attorney.
  • Visitors must remain in the assigned visiting room/area during the visit and will be denied further visitation if determined to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Visitors may not give anything to or take anything from an inmate.
  • Proper behavior of all visitors is required.

Cell block Visitation Hours

 Monday   CB 152 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
CB 153 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
 Tuesday   CB 124 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
CB 123 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
 Wednesday   CB 118 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
CB 119 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
CB 120 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Thursday   D-TOX North  1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
D-TOX South 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM









Guidelines for Inmate Mail:

  • Incoming mail is delivered to inmates Monday through Friday.
  • Inmate mail will not be accepted from any person who has been incarcerated in the Dallas County Jail within the previous six (6) months.
  • All incoming mail is opened and searched for contraband (such as money, checks, inappropriate photos, matches, lighters, cigarettes, jewelry, chewing gum, etc.).
  • Mail sent by privileged correspondence such as the inmates attorney, a judge, the governor of Iowa, the citizen's aid office and any member of the state or federal legislature may be opened by staff only in the presence of the inmate addressee for the purpose of detecting contraband and may not be read by staff.
  • Inmates may receive letters and cards.
  • Do not send cash or personal checks through the mail. Money in any form is contraband and will not be delivered to the inmate. All monies received in this matter will be posted to the inmates account.
  • 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 upon their release.
  • Inmate mail must be addressed as follows and should reflect the appropriate mailing address for the facility:

    Inmate's full name
    Inmate's arrest number
    Inmates cell number
    201 Nile Kinnick Drive North
    Adel, Iowa 50003-0187

Helpful Telephone Numbers

  • Pretrial Release Information: 515-993-2136
  • Public Defenders Office: 515-725-1825
  • Dallas County Attorneys Office: 515-993-5060
  • Dallas County Clerk of Court: 515-993-5816

Inmate Accounts

Inmate Telephone Service
Phones are available for inmate use from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm seven days a week. Family and friends can set up a prepaid account below. All calls are billed at a per minute rate of $0.31 with the exception of interstate calls which follow the FCC mandate of $0.21 per minute on prepaid calls and $0.25 per minute on collect calls. Questions or assistance in setting up accounts or making deposits may be directed to Encartele at 1-866-476-2723.  Correctional officers are not permitted to deliver personal messages to inmates unless a emergency condition exists.

Account Instructions
Set Up Account

Inmate Video Visitation and E-mail Correspondence 

Please follow the instructions below for account setup. Any questions regarding video visitation setup must be submitted directly to CIDNET on the support section of the customer portal of their website.

Account Instructions
Set Up Account

Inmate Commissary Account

A commissary account is established for each inmate upon arrival. If an inmate has no debt owed to the Sheriff of Dallas County, all monies applied towards the inmate commissary account may be used for candy, paper, stamped envelopes, deodorant, chap stick, shampoo, puzzle books, ink pens, phone cards and pretrial evaluations (by order of department of corrections only). For inmates who have a debt owed to the Sheriff of Dallas County, 25% (each receivable) of any money deposited towards the inmates commissary will be automatically applied towards the inmates receivable debt.  Towels and bedding are supplied free of charge.  Intake Kits that include toothpaste, toothbrush and soap are supplied to inmates held over 24 hours.  An .87 cent cost will be charged for the Intake Kit.  Commissary items not used are taken with the inmate upon release or transfer. Any inmate commissary balance will be refunded to the inmate in the form of a prepaid debit release card upon release if the inmate has no outstanding debt owed to the Sheriff of Dallas County. 

Inmate Account Deposits
Family and friends can make deposits to inmate accounts online, by phone or via a kiosk at our facility.  Inmate name or I.D. number are required. Online deposit information can be found at or by calling 1-866-394-0490 (live bilingual agents available). 

Inmate Property

Items Allowed Into the Dallas County Jail

Paperback books – No hardback. All books brought in become property of Dallas County Correctional Facility upon inmate’s release.
Six (6) pairs white socks
Six (6) white t-shirts NO POCKETS
Six (6) pair brief style underwear
Other items may be approved by the Jail Administrator only at 515-993-5815.


Meal Information
Inmates receive 3 meals per day which are delivered directly to their cell. Appropriations are made for those inmates with special dietary needs.


Health Information
The Dallas County Jail contracts with Advanced Correctional Healthcare for inmates healthcare that provides a jail nurse and jail doctor.  If an inmate becomes ill while incarcerated in the Dallas County Jail the inmate must fill out a request for medical attention.  All medical requests will be reviewed by the jail nurse or jail doctor.  Medication and/or medical attention will be decided on by ACH staff based on the protocols governed by ACH.      

If an inmate has pharmaceutical needs from a previous or current ailment, medications are purchased from the ACH pharmacy or other pharmacy's approved by ACH.  Medication management is overseen by the jail nurse and is dispensed by jail staff at the prescribed time and prescribed dosage. All jail staff have received medication management training with the State of Iowa.

The Dallas County Jail will not be responsible for the cost of health care services.  These services include: doctor, hospital, ambulance, medications and dental costs.

The cost of these medical services will be charged to the inmates commissary account.  If the cost supersedes the account balance, a deficit will apply to the inmates account.  When new funds are deposited to the inmates account, the new funds will be applied to the deficit until the costs are paid for.       


CB 152 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
CB 153 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
CB 152 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
CB 153 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
CB 152 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
CB 153 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM