Search Inmates in Polk County, Iowa. Results May Include: Arrests, Charges, Mugshot, Booking Date, Booking Number, Warrant

Polk County, Iowa Sheriff Overview

Polk County is located in the central part of Iowa. Its county seat is in Des Moines. Polk County is included the Des Moines–West Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Polk County is named after President James K. Polk. Zip codes in Polk County include 50073, 50266, 50265, 50109, 50111, 50301, 50307, 50310, 50309, 50124, 50312, 50311, 50314, 50313, 50316, 50315, 50317, 50320, 50131, 50322, 50321, 50325, 50323, 50327, 50324, 50335, 50156, 50161, 50169, 50007, 50009, 50021, 50023, 50032, 50035, 50226, 50047, 50046, 50237, 50243, 50244.

The Sheriff of Polk County is currently Bill McCarthy.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office:
Address: 1985 NE 51st Place
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
Phone: (515) 286-3814
Fax: (515) 323-5473

Inmate Search in Polk County Jail

The Polk County Jail maintains an online list of inmates incarcerated in their Facility. You can search for an inmate using the following filters: Last Name, First Name, Age, Booking Date. The file of each inmate contains: Offender/Name ID, Name, Booking Date, Age, Height, Weight, Race, Sex, Eyes, Hair, City, Holding Location, Charges, Case # Description, Bond, Bond Type, Photo.

The Polk County Jail is a 325,000 square-feet facility that sits on 40 acres of land just north of Des Moines. The jail holds inmates and detainees facing state and federal charges.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures

1. Visitors must be 18 years of age or older and possess a current government issued picture ID
with date of birth. Children seventeen years of age and younger may visit if accompanied by an
adult and have prior approval.
2. Visitors are prohibited from taking any personal property into the visitation area. Visitors may
leave their purses, wallets, coats, and other valuables secured in their vehicle.
3. Visitor attire must be conservative in appearance. All clothing shall be clean, worn in good
repair, be non-offensive, and within the bounds of common decency. Skirts and shorts must be
mid-thigh in length. Sleeveless shirts are permitted, however tank tops, halter tops or spaghetti
straps are prohibited.
4. No visitor will be permitted to visit if they appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Visitors discovered to be in possession of illegal contraband may be subject to arrest and
criminal prosecution.
5. Tobacco products, gum, soda and other food items are strictly PROHIBITED in the visiting area.
6. Prospective visitors who have pending felony charges shall be denied access.

On-site Visitation Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:30am – 10:30am, 1:00pm – 2:30pm,
Friday & Saturday, Sunday 8:30am – 10:30am & 12:30pm – 2:30pm
**Remote visits through are available daily (8:00am – 10:00am, 12:00pm – 4:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm).
Visitation hours may be adjusted on holidays or due to other events.

Off-site Visitation Hours
Sunday – Saturday 8:30am – 10:00pm

NO VISITS ARE ALLOWED during the Following Times every day: 11am-12pm, 3pm-4pm and 5-6pm
Visitation hours may be adjusted on holidays or due to other events.

You can send mail to inmates through U.S. Mail, indicating the complete return address as follows:
(Inmate’s Complete Name)
Polk County Jail
1985 – NE 51st Place
Des Moines, IA 50313-2517

Money deposited to an inmate’s commissary account can be used to purchase commissary items or make phone calls. To make a deposit to the commissary account go to

Sex Offender Search and Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. The definition of a sex offender is a person convicted of a crime involving sex, including rape, molestation, and production or distribution of child pornography.

You can access this information online for Polk County by going to this link, but bear in mind that searches sometimes reveal primary last known addresses or, rather the block that they live on. You are also required to accept a disclosure to use the database.

Bail and Bail Bondsman

The bail and bond process is used to secure your release from jail in exchange for meeting certain conditions. It is imposed to ensure that you will make your court dates and not commit any further offenses while out. An Iowa criminal lawyer will bring up the issue of bail at your initial appearance before a judge. The judge makes a determination as to the conditions for your release until your next court date.

Just as Iowa provides sentencing guidelines, it offers guidelines for bail bonds. The bond schedule for crimes other than forcible felonies and misdemeanors is as follows:

Manufacturing or delivery of certain controlled substances – $25,000
Felony for manufacturing or delivery of certain controlled substances – $50,000
Class B felony – $25,000
Class C felony – $10,000
Class D felony – $5,000
Aggravated misdemeanor – $2,000
Serious misdemeanor – $1,000
Simple misdemeanor – $300

Polk County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined552
Avg Daily Populationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable
Full time payroll300
Full time total employees300
Total salaries and wagesnot applicable
Other operating expendituresnot applicable
Total construction costsnot applicable
Equipment, furnishings, etcnot applicable
Year of original constructionnot applicable
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable

Address: 110 6TH AVENUE DES MOINES IA 50309

Polk County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 2016258,529
Number Employed Annual Average, 2016249,472
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 20169,057
Unemployment Rate, 20163.5
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201560,436
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Polk County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 201454,557
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201511.9
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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