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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
  • Pretrial 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.

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
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