PO Box 474
1125 W. Van Buren St.
Centerville, IA 52544
641-437-7106 Fax: 641-437-7107
The current Appanoose County Jail was
completed in December of 1974 and is
located in the Appanoose County – City
of Centerville Law Enforcement Center
just off of Iowa Hwy 2 on the West edge
of Centerville. In 1986 under Sheriff
Gerald Banks the Sheriff’s Office began
employing full time Jail staff. The Jail
currently employs 6 full time jailers
and is certified to hold male & female
inmates and juveniles.
A jail is any county or municipal
building designed by law and used for
confinement or detention of those
persons lawfully held in custody.
The Appanoose County Jail exists for the
detention of persons as required by law.
Confined in the jail are persons serving
time for crimes for which they have been
convicted, and others who are awaiting
trial. Convicted prisoners are sentenced
to jail as punishment, not for
punishment, and will be treated in such
a manner as to provide maximum security
without undue discomfort. The jail
exists solely to protect and maintain
the peace and security of the community.
Inmates are to be treated in a humane
and courteous manner.
Immediate family (e.g., brother,
sister, parents, spouse, legal
guardian or grandparents) plus an
additional three (3) non-family
members who have been approved by
the Jail Administrator or his
designee prior to visitation will be
allowed to visit. (Non family
members must fill out and return the
visitor questionnaire in order to be
approved for visitation).
All visitors must show an authorized
valid photo identification card and
shall sign the Visitor Log,
including name, address, birth date,
and name of inmate. Visitors failing
to fill out the Visitor Log will be
grounds for visitation denial.
Contact visitation will not be
All visitors are subject to
search by jail personnel as a
condition of visitation. Failure
to submit to a search will be
automatic cause for rejection of
access to the visitation area.
Inmates are allowed reasonable
visitation, subject to the rules of
the Appanoose County Jail.
Visitation may be rescinded due to
any illegal act or violation of jail
rules and policies, such as
attempting to bring in contraband,
weapons, chemical agents, etc.
Attorneys and ministers shall be
permitted to visit inmates between
8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday
through Friday or at other times as
previously arranged providing jail
security and daily routine are not
At all times children will be
accompanied by an adult. No
children will be left unattended in
the waiting room while an adult is
visiting an inmate.
Any person under the age of 18
wishing to visit must be a son,
stepson, daughter, stepdaughter,
brother, sister or grandchild and
they must be accompanied by their
parent or legal guardian.
Inmates on certain types of
disciplinary restriction may not be
If a visitor leaves the Visitation
Area, he/she may not return without
the permission of the Jailer on
Visitors may not bring cigarettes or
other tobacco products into the
Visitors may bring money to inmates
to purchase items from the Jail
Visitors may not bring any
electronic devices (including cell
phones) into the jail facility.
THE APPANOOSE COUNTY SHERIFF’S
OFFICE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
VISITOR’S PERSONAL PROPERTY. FAILURE TO
COMPLY WITH ANY RULE WILL RESULT IN
REVOCATION OF VISITATION PRIVILEGES. ANY
QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE RULES FOR
VISITORS SHALL BE DIRECTED TO THE JAIL
Upon admission, it is the inmate’s right
to communicate with his/her attorney and
telephone calls from an attorney or
clergy shall be received at a
reasonable time. Telephone calls to
an attorney or clergy shall be made
on the inmate telephone. In the
event an attorney/clergy phone call
is not accepted, the attorney/clergy
will be contacted by Jail Staff and
arrangements will be made for the
attorney/clergy to contact the
inmate at the attorney’s/clergy’s
convenience. Inmates in special
status shall be given the
opportunity to make privileged phone
calls with Staff assistance.
calls made with the inmate phone
system will be limited to fifteen a
(15) minute time period; the inmate
will be notified by a computerized
voice signal of the ending time
limit and the phone call will then
be automatically terminated.
annoying phone calls are prohibited
and any inmate making harassing or
annoying phone calls will be dealt
with by disciplinary action and/or
not receive personal phone calls
except in an emergency.
inmate phone calls may be monitored
and recorded at the discretion of
the Sheriff or his designee.
about the inmate phone system or to set
up a phone account for an
inmate contact: SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES
Friends and Family of Inmates Customer
There is no limit on the amount of
general correspondence which may be
received by an inmate.
All incoming non-privileged mail
will be opened and searched for
contraband. It may be read and
copied for security purposes.
Contraband is defined as any item
not issued or expressly permitted by
Only mail received through the
United States Post Office shall be
delivered to inmates.
Inmates under the control of the
Appanoose County Jail shall not be
permitted to send correspondence to
other inmates in the jail or other
inmates should be addressed as follows:
Appanoose County Jail
Attn: (inmates name)
PO Box 474
Centerville, IA 52544