Jail Information

Thee 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.


Jail administration hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bonding Procedures

To verify bond amount and conditions of release, call 712-279-6040.

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

If you to desire to post a cash bond, the bond can be posted during normal working hours with the Woodbury County Clerk of Courts. Their working hours are from Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  After hours, the bond can be posted with the Woodbury County Jail.

Inmate Mail Procedures

Address inmate letters to:

Inmate Name
Woodbury County Jail
P.O. Box 3083
Sioux City, IA 51102

The return address must contain the sender's complete name and full address. 

No packages are accepted.

Video Visitation

The hours for video visitation are below:

Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
*check in 9:45 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
*check in 12:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

*You must check-in with Jail Administration during the check-in times, respectively.

No visitation on holidays.

If you have been arrested, you may not visit for:

  • 90 days if you were arrested for a serious or aggravated misdemeanor
  • 1 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.

  • Soft covered bibles are accepted Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday is book day. New, soft covered books with receipt are accepted on Wednesday only. Inmates are allowd up to two (2) books on Wednesday. Please bring ID when dropping them off at the Jail Administration window.

Inmate Commissary Accounts

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, 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Money can also be deposited online at jailatm.com.

Inmate Phone System

All calls are routed through NCIC and are collect. To set up an account, you must call NCIC at 1-800-943-2189.

IowaVINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is the automated victim notification system for your jail which allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to have reliable information regarding changes in offender custody status.


The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office Resistive Inmate Security & Classification Team (RISC) 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 Team Leader Randy Uhl at 712-279-6040 or rauhl@woodburycountyiowa.gov.


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This content was printed from the County website at woodburycountyiowa.gov on May 26, 2024.