Winneshiek County Jail

To contact the Winneshiek County Jail call 563-387-4096.

The Winneshiek County Jail opened in October 2000 and is a 40-bed facility. The jail houses inmates awaiting trial and serving time for state, county and municipal offenses. Additionally, the jail houses overflow inmates for other jurisdictions. The jail currently employs 11 full-time jailers.

The mission of the Winneshiek County Jail is to provide safe, secure and constitutional detention of both sentenced and pre-trial detainees placed in the facility by the courts.

Mail can be sent to inmates at the following address:

  • (inmate’s name)
    Winneshiek County Jail
    400 Claiborne Drive
    Decorah, IA 52101

This is the same address for sending money.

All incoming and outgoing mail shall have the complete forwarding address on the front center of the envelope and the complete return address on the front upper left hand of the envelope.

Any letter without a return address will be considered non-deliverable and will be returned to the post office.

There will be no graffiti, written or picture style, anywhere on the envelopes.

Inmates can receive money for their accounts by cash, money order or certified cashier’s check. Money orders and certified cashier’s check must be filled out with the inmate’s name.

Money orders and certified cashier’s checks (DO NOT MAIL CASH) can be mailed to the following address:

  • (inmate’s name)
    Winneshiek County Jail
    400 Claiborne Drive
    Decorah, IA 52101

All money received will be placed in the inmate’s account. Upon his/her release all monies remaining will be released with the inmate.

If an inmate has been transported to prison, the inmate will have the opportunity to have their property picked up by a designated person. This will only occur after the inmate has left our facility.

If the inmate has left our facility, for a placement elsewhere ie, another jail, their property will go with them at time of transfer.

An inmate may request to have personal property released to a specified person that is not incarcerated.

You need to stop in or call the Winneshiek County Jail at 563-387-4096.

What you can bring in to the jail:

  • Money—cash, money orders and/or cashier’s checks
  • Room and board fees of $50 per day, WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS. We only accept cash, money orders, cashier’s checks, debt or credit cards.

While in the Winneshiek County Jail, inmates are entitled to reasonable contact with their families and friends, unless restricted by disciplinary or other sanctions for a specified period of time. Inmates may receive two visits per week for up to 30minutes.

  • ** Visits must be set up a day in advance.
  • If the inmate is housed in Male General Population or Male Max, visitation is Monday and Saturday
  • If the inmate is housed in Female General Population or Female Max, visitation is Tuesday and Friday
  • If the inmate is housed in Swing Dorm or Special Status, visitation is Sunday and Thursday
  • If the inmate is housed in Work Release, visits are only once a week on Sunday

The Winneshiek County Jail reserves the right to refuse visitor access. Visitors are expected to abide by the following rules:

  • Must be listed on the inmate’s approved visitation list
  • Have a photo ID
  • Must be 18 years old, unless accompanied by legal guardian
  • Visitors are expected to adhere to a code of behavior that is appropriate and non-offensive to the other visitors.
  • Profanity, cursing and derogatory remarks are not allowed. Keep noise down to a minimum or you will be ordered to leave visitation area.
  • Visitors, including children, who are disruptive, will be ordered to leave the visitation area and visit time will end.
  • Inmates and visitors will not be allowed to move from booth to booth, or visit with more than one inmate per visit
  • Other family members, especially children, should not be left to loiter in the other areas while visiting is in progress or while waiting for permission to enter the public visiting area in the confines of the jail.
  • Visitors must be dressed in proper street attire, which includes shoes and shirts. VISITS WILL BE DENIED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT IN PROPER STREET ATTIRE. Shoulders must be covered.  Tank tops and tops with spaghetti straps are not allowed.  Low cut shirts that show chest cleavage are not allowed.  Shorts and skirts are not allowed if they are deemed inappropriate or too short.  Pants must be worn at the waist.
  • Headwear of any kind is not allowed, unless for a verified religious reason and pre-approved by jail staff.
  • Only two (2) adult visitors will be allowed in the restricted visiting area, however, if a person is under the age of 18, a legal guardian must accompany them. All children who are accompanied by an adult must stay with adult at all times.
  • Personal property such as but not limited to, purses, cell phones, cameras, etc., is not allowed in the visitation room. Lockers are available for these items. Please turn off your cell phone when placing it in a locker.
  • Verbal or written messages between inmates housed in this facility or to the public WILL NOT be accepted or relayed.
  • Visitors who violate any of these rules may be removed from the inmate’s visitor list and won’t be allowed to visit in the future.

Information regarding room and boarding fees at the Winneshiek County Jail

  • Room and board is $50 per day.
  • Only cash, money orders, cashier’s checks, debt or credit cards are accepted. NO PERSONAL CHECKS.
  • Payments can be dropped off or mailed to:
    Winneshiek County Jail
    400Claiborne Drive
    Decorah,Iowa 52101
    *Please do not mail cash.

To obtain the following, contact 563-277-5220

  • Balance due
  • Adjust payment plan
  • Get copy of payment plan

Failure to keep payment arrangements will result in any or all of the following:

  • Driver’s license revocation
  • Refusal to renew vehicle registration
  • Withholding of Iowa State Income Tax refund
  • Contempt of Court charges
  • Garnishments/Executions of Wages/Assets
  • Liens on Real Property
  • Forfeiture of money owed to you by Clerk of Court
  • Collection by County Attorney

To get an inmate out of jail prior to final court disposition you can utilize either of two methods.

  1. Post cash bond
  2. Post bond through a bonding agency

Cash Bond: During regular business hours take the cash and go to the Winneshiek County Courthouse, 2nd floor, and present the cash to the Clerk of Courts. A certificate will be given to you verifying the bond is paid. Bring that certificate to the Winneshiek County Jail and give it to the jailer. After regular business hour, bring the correct cash amount directly to the Winneshiek County Jail.

Bonding Agency: To post bond utilizing a bonding agency, you need to contact one of the various agencies in the area. The phone numbers for the agencies can be found in the phone book. The bonding agencies will work with you and come up with the terms and conditions of posting bond for an inmate’s release. The bonding agencies are completely separate from the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sheriff’s Office does not recommend or discredit any bonding agency.


  • Phone cards can be purchased from the jail commissary.
  • Phone cards for use on texting devices can be purchased from Reliance Telephone Systems,Inc. by calling 1-800-896-3201 or visiting their website at
  • Setup a CIDNET Account for local visits or remote visits with an inmate or  call 1-866-476-6723. CIDNET setup:
  • Download CIDNET Friends & Family Brochure
  • No phone cards can be brought in the jail from the public.
  • Family and friends can leave a short message on an inmate’s voice mail by calling 563-382-6251.