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Polk County Jail Inmates and Information

Polk County jail is located in Polk County, Des Moines, Iowa. The jail houses inmates as well as detainees who are facing charges under state and federal laws. The County jail works under the Sheriff’s office. Sheriff  Bill McCarthy is overall in charge of the jail, but the detention center is headed by Chief Robert "Bob" Stanton, Polk County's first black chief.

The different facilities in detail

The Polk county jail opened its facilities on November 1st, 2008. The jail has a 325,000 square feet facility in 40 acres of land in a location to the north of Des Moines. There are 1,500 beds in the jail and it is the biggest facility in the entire state of Iowa. There is a provision to add another 1,000 beds to the jail.

The jail is directly supervised by officials. It has a full-time kitchen, laundry, and a medical facility. The Prison health services department manages the medical facilities at the jail. The Administration Division in the Sheriff’s office provides various management and support services.

Polk county prison records show that the inmate population at Polk County Jail continues to grow. As a result, the Polk County Sheriff's Office seeks to open a new space for difficult inmates. The 32-bed unit would provide cells for aggressive inmates who need to be isolated from the general population, and require 15 additional detention officers.

Polk County Jail Inmates

Inmate programs available

Bridges of Iowa is a non-profit group that conducts a substance abuse treatment program. The Poly County jail has permitted Bridge of Iowa to make use of the unoccupied space in the jail complex to conduct their treatment program. The program has been successful and has produced positive results in treating cases of substance abuse. Awareness and education of substance abuse are also conducted at the jail for inmates.

The Polk County jail has a number of programs and classes for inmates. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous conduct weekly meetings for those inmates who want to give up their addiction to alcohol and narcotic substances.


The jail offers a parenting program in association with Lutheran Service, Iowa. The GED programs are facilitated by MECCA services. A health education program is conducted in the jail for inmates to raise awareness about health issues and prevention, this is done in conjunction with the Polk County health department.

Strong Body, Proud Lives is a planned parenthood program conducted in jail. This is done in association with Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa.

The following programs are conducted for inmates, in association with the Des Moines Area Community college:

  1. GED program (the jail is an authorized test center)
  2. English as a second language
  3. General life skills
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The substance abuse education program is conducted by Prison health services. Inmates are also encouraged to start their own business once they come out of jail, and a local entrepreneur conducts a small business training program for inmates.

The Chaplain’s office offers religious counseling and studies at the jail. Inmate pastoral visits are also provided.

On release, inmates are given assistance that includes a clothing closet in the jail premises and a bus token program. A handbook is given to all inmates to explain the Inmates Release Program.

Polk County Jail inmates

At present, there are 1,015 in-facility inmates in Polk County jail. Of these, 862 are males and 153 are females. There are also 41 boarded-out inmates, of which 35 are adult males and 6 are juvenile males. 13 of the jail inmates are out on medicals or evaluation and 13 inmates are in alternative programs. The total count of the jail is 1,082. A total of 197 of the total inmates are federal inmates.

The Polk County jail can be contacted by writing to them at their contact address to the Polk County Sherriff, 1985 NE 51st Place, Des Moines, Iowa 50313. The contact number of the jail is (515) 323-5400 and the administration contact number is (515) 323-5473.

Polk County Jail Inmate Database

Those who wish to contact or visit inmates inside Polk County jail can search the Polk County jail inmate database and Polk county prison records. To search for an inmate in the Polk County jail inmate database, you can perform an online inmate search in one of the following ways:

1. Official Polk County jail inmate database – Polk County provides information about inmates in the facility. You can find an inmate in the Polk County jail inmate database by searching for their first name and last name. The Polk County jail inmate database also provides the booking date of inmates within the facility, so you will be able to find the inmate that you are searching for based on several parameters. The website specifies that Polk County Jail records of arrest are not proof or indicators of guilt and that they cannot not be relied upon for any type of legal action.

2. Online inmate search – if you do not want to search for inmates in the Polk County jail inmate database, you can perform an online inmate search with a directory, like GoLookUp. To perform the search, you will need to enter the name of a person into the Polk County jail inmate database search, and the directory will provide you with all the information that you need, including their booking date, and whether they are held in the Polk County Jail. The GoLookUp portal performs an in-depth search and grants you unlimited access to all relevant criminal records, mugshots, sex offender records, background check, or anything else that is related to the inmate lookup you are performing.

There are also free background check directories that can provide you with information about Polk county Iowa jail inmates. However, unlike GoLookUp, not all directories can give you information about the people who are incarcerated in Polk County jail. Why? Because public records search websites do not have full access to public records, like criminal records. So, to find Polk county Iowa jail inmates, you need to use the official Polk County website or a professional background check site such as GoLookUp.

If you are looking for inmates in correctional facilities, visit GoLookUp inmate search! 

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