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Jail Division


VV6G4380The Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center and Jail were built in 1987.  After several renovations over the years, the main jail currently has bed space for 234 inmates.  The jail houses pre-trial and sentenced inmates, along with contract federal prisoners with the U. S. Marshals Service.  The staff of men and women are professional and dedicated officers assigned to maintain a safe, humane and secure environment for all the inmates. 

Lt. Lynette Phillips, pictured, is the Jail Administrator and has 38 years of law enforcement experience.  Lt. Phillips graduated from Sioux City East High School in 1975 and started working for the Sioux City Police Department under a CETA program as an I. D. technician, confidential records tech and part time police matron until 1978.  In 1978, Lt. Phillips was hired by the Woobury County Sheriff's Office to the Jail Division.

Lt. Phillips was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1980.  Lt. Phillips was promoted and given command of the jail by former Sheriff Russ White Jr. in 1981.  At that time, Lt. Phillips was only one of three female officers to hold the rank of lieutenant in the state of Iowa.

Lt. Phillips was active in the design and construction of the current Woodbury County Jail and all subsequent renovations.  In March of 2000, a second minimum security facility opened at Prairie Hill to help with the overcrowding issue plaguing the jail at the time.  Currently, the Prairie Hill Annex houses minimum security inmates, work release inmates and the Electronic Monitoring Division of the jail.

Lt. Phillips is a graduate of the Central Missouri State University for Management of Law Enforcement Agencies, the Natiional Institute of Corrections-Jail Operations and Management, and is a state certified jail instructor.  Lt. Phillips was active in the implementation and update of the Iowa State Jail Standards and has served on the Iowa Sheriff's and Deputies Association Jail Committee since 1987, of which she has been the chairperson for the committee for over fifteen years.


Lt. Harlow has been promoted to Lieutenant by Sheriff Dave Drew.                                  Lt. Harlow1

Lt. Todd Harlow is a native Iowan born and raised in Sioux City.  He graduated in 1982 from West High School and has attended several Jail Schools and received numerous certifications.                                 

Todd began his career in March of 1987 under Sheriff Russ White Jr; and worked at the old jail to start his career. He helped with the transitional team to set up the move and training of our new jail staff.  He was promoted to Corporal in December of 1987 and then to Sergeant in 1993 under Sheriff David Amick.  He has worked all three shifts as a supervisor.  Lt. Harlow has been part of the review and updating of the Standard Operating Guidelines and inmate rulebook.  Lt. Harlow will be commanding the jail during the evening and early morning hours.  Lt. Harlow assisted with installing new beds in the main jail and at the Prairie Hill Annex.  He was instrumental in the improvements of new doors, locks, camera systems and control panels.




Bonding Procedures:

Verify bond amount and conditions of release by calling 712.279.6040.

All approved bondsman can be located in the local yellow pages.

If you desire to post a cash bond, the bond can be posted during normal working hours with the Woodbury County Clerk of Courts, Monday through Friday, 8:00A to 4:30P.  After hours, the bond can be posted with the Woodbury County Jail.

Inmate Mail Procedures:

The letter must be addressed to:  Inmates Name

                                                      Woodbury County Jail

                                                      P. O. Box 3083

                                                      Sioux City, Iowa  51102

The return address must contain the senders complete name and full address.

No packages are accepted.

Video Visitation:


Monday through Thursday 10:00A to 11:00A and 12:00P to 3:15P.  You must be checked in with Jail Administration by 10:25A and 2:40P respectively.

If you have been arrested, you may not visit for:  90 days if you were arrested for a serious or aggravated misdemeanor and one year for a felony arrest.

If you were arrested on a simple misdemeanor, you may visit the following day.

Inmate Property:

Inmate property or personal property is no longer accepted at the Woodbury County Jail.  All property is now purchased through the Inmate Commissary Account System.

Inmate Commissary Account(s):

Money is no longer accepted at Jail Administration.  All money must be deposited through the ATM on the second floor balcony in the LEC, next to the Video Visitation kiosks.  Money can be deposited Monday - Friday 8A to 4:30P.  Money can also be deposited on-line @

Inmate Phone System:

All calls are routed through Securus and are collect.  To set up an account, you must call Securus at 1.800.844.6591


Persons needing fingerprints for employment purposes, etc., first need to go to the Sheriff's Office on the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00A to 2:30P.  There is a $6.00 cash fee per card.  After paying the fees, the person will be directed to Jail Administration on the second floor of the LEC for the prints.

RISC TEAM (Resistive Inmate Security & Classification Team)


The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office RISC Team is a Jail based team that handles all types of situations that occur within the facility. The team has a total of 16 members and a team leader.  Each shift has four officers assigned to the RISC Team with each of those teams having a squad leader.  It is structured to have four members on duty, reducing the response time for emergency situations, with an additional four on-call to assist at a moment’s notice. They are trained in various specialties and tactical operations.

Among numerous additional tasks, one of the more important roles of the RISC Team is inmate classifications. When an inmate is required to post bond or remain in jail for a period of time, the team will classify each inmate prior to being housed in the pre-determined section(s) that are appropriate for their classification. The classification process is essential to the operation of an orderly and safe jail. It enables the jail to gauge the proper custody level of an inmate, to identify the inmate’s education, vocation, and psychological needs, and to separate non-violent inmates from the more predatory, making the facility safer for both inmates and officers.

Additionally, team members are trained in a variety of tactical skills that include weapons use, distraction devices, less lethal options including Taser, Pepperball, Bean Bag and Pepper spray.

RISC Team members have had training in handling inmates that have mental illnesses and require specialized care and or attention. Inmates incarcerated with mental illnesses have been on the rise for years and jails have become more aware of mental illness and how to treat and manage the inmates that have these issues.

Team members are also used during high profile court cases and trials, high risk prisoner transports and situations that sometimes require officers with specialized expertise.

If you would like additional information on the team please contact the Team Leader Randy Uhl at 712-279-6040 or