The 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.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need general information not available on this website, please contact:
JAIL ADMINISTRATION HOURS ARE 8:00A TO 3:15P, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
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.
Monday through Thursday 10:00A to 11:00A and 12:00P to 3:15P. You must check in with Jail Administration between 9:45A - 10:25A and 11:30A - 2:40P respectively. No visitation on holidays.
NEW: Wednesday evening visitation. Check-in time 5:30P to 7:20P. Visiting 5:45P to 7:45P.
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 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 @ jailatm.com.
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.