Madison County Jail & Prison

Find Madison County Iowa jails, prisons, detention centers, departments of corrections, and penitentiaries. Jails and prisons provide information on inmate searches, rosters, lookups, lists, records, and mugshot photos.


Madison County Jail PO Box 517 Winterset IA 50273 515-462-3575


About Madison County Jails & Prisons

A Madison County Jail or Prison is a secure facility located in Madison County, IA where individuals, referred to as inmates, are involuntarily confined and their freedoms and movement are restricted as a consequence of criminal behavior. Madison County Jails are short-term facilities where inmates either await trial or sentencing for a crime, or serve relatively short sentences. Madison County Prisons are longer-term facilities where inmates serve out a prison sentence, usually of a year or more, for their crimes.

You may contact Jails & Prisons for questions about:
  • Locating Madison County inmates
  • Finding out who is in Jail or Prison
  • Searching for criminal records
  • Performing Madison County background checks
  • Contacting, visiting and sending money to inmates
Madison County Inmate Searches

All levels of Madison County Jails and Prisons provide information about inmates upon request. You may contact correctional facilities to search for inmates. Detention facilities in Madison County, IA provide details of Jail and Prison rosters, inmate contact information, visitation policies and procedures, and how send money to loved ones who may be incarcerated. Madison County inmate searches and lookups are available by contacting Madison County Jails, Madison County, Iowa State, and Federal Prisons.

Madison County Jails

Jails are Madison County government facilities in the county criminal justice system. A Lockup is a particular type of Jail that serves as a temporary holding facility, attached to the Madison County Police Department or Madison County Sheriff's Department, which houses suspects while they await bail or transport to another Jail.

Prisons in Madison County, Iowa

Madison County Prisons can be categorized by level of security: minimum, medium, or maximum. Minimum Security Prisons allow inmates considerable daily movement and are intended for non-violent criminals and inmates who pose little risk of escape or threat to prison staff or other inmates. Medium Security Prisons are somewhat more restrictive facilities, but still allow for daily movement and house inmates in housing units instead of cells. Maximum Security Prisons are reserved for the most violent offenders and those who pose the highest escape threat, and these facilities place the greatest restrictions on inmates.

In Iowa, State Prisons are run by a Department of Corrections (DOC) or the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Federal Prisons are the responsibility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP). While most prisons are owned and operated by government agencies, many prisons have been privatized. Private prisons are owned and operated by for-profit companies under contract with government agencies, though oversight of private prisons remains the responsibility of Madison County, Iowa State, and Federal Government.