Initial Intake into Dallas County Correctional Facility
Charge(s) & Bond Information
Information about a specific arrestee's charge(s) and bond is available online through our Arrest Inquiry Database on the left of this page. Please note that is a temporary link as our website is still under constuction. You can also call (515) 993-5815 or visit the jail located on the north side of the Sheriff’s Office Building at 201 North Nile Kinnick Drive 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
- 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
||CB 152 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM|
CB 153 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
||CB 124 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM|
CB 123 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
||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
||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 govenor 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
P.O. Box 187
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 Telephone Service
Once an inmate receives his or her housing assignment, he or she can contact family and friends by calling collect from phones in the jail. Family and friends must be willing to accept the charges. 20 minute phone cards are available from the Jail commissary for $10.00. 10 minute phone cards are $5.00 and 4 minute phone cards are $2.00. Phones are available from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm seven days a week. Family and friends can set up a prepaid account by calling Protocall at 1-800-549-2121 (additional charges apply).
Correctional officers are not permitted to deliver personal messages to inmates unless a emergency condition exists.
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 acount 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 recievable) of any money deposited towards the inmates commissary will be automatically applied towards the inmates recievable 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. A .75 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 check upon their release if the inmate has not outstanding debt owed to the Sheriff of Dallas County.
Inmate Account Deposits
Family and Friends can make deposits to inmate accounts either online or at our facility. Inmate name and ID number are required. Search the arrest inquiry database for inmate ID number if unknown. Clck here for additional instructions and information.
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.
Inmates receive 3 meals per day which are delivered directly to their cell. Appropriations are made for those inmates with special dietary needs.
The Dallas County Jail contracts with Correctional Healthcare Company (CHC) 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 decieded on by CHC staff based on the protocols governed by CHC.
If an inmate has pharmaceutical needs from a previous or current ailment, medications are purchased from the CHC pharmacy or other pharmacy's approved by CHC. 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.