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Scott County Jail

Photo of the Scott County Jail

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Recent Jail Count:
Ending Midnight on
September 29, 2014
  • House In: 298
  • Housed Out: 22
  • Special Programs: 0
  • Total: 320

The mission of the Scott County Jail is to provide safe, secure and constitutional detention of both sentenced and pre-trial detainees placed in the facility by the courts.

The jail will strive to provide programs and services that are deemed feasible and practical, to meet the individual problems and needs of the detainees in a cost effective and efficient manner, and meet or exceed all state and national standards. (State and national standards include the Iowa Code, Federal Statutes, civil laws deemed appropriate and the United States and State of Iowa Constitution)

I. Philosophy:

The Scott County Jail is the main detention facility of Scott County, designed to accommodate the division and offices related to the county criminal justice system at the turn of the century.

The jail accommodates not only the county system, but the 7th Judicial District and adult and juvenile incarceration.

The length of incarceration at the county level is relatively short. By Iowa State Statute, no one may be incarcerated in a county jail for more than one (1) year. This limits the types of intervention possible at the Scott County Jail.

The needs of many inmates revolve around solving drug and alcohol problems, general mental health problems, and around improving the methods and means of managing their lives. These areas can begin to be dealt with on a short-term basis. In cases requiring long-term services, the jail may act as a referral agency providing the inmate with avenues of access to various community and social service assistance programs. County level incarceration often represents the offender's initial contact with the criminal justice system. Effective intervention at the county level may to a significant degree prevent a person's continued involvement in crime.

II. Goals of the Facility:

  1. The first goal is to insure societal protection.
  2. A second goal is to improve the offender's chances of succeeding within the outside community.
  3. The final objective is to achieve community involvement, both with the facility and with the inmate once released from it.

You can call Scott County Jail at (563) 326-8750