use of profanity
gambling of any type
living quarters clean
mattress and bedding off floor
spitting on floors or walls
books and magazines neatly stacked
writing or drawing on any jail surface
writing or drawing on uniforms
tearing of uniforms, towels or linens
hanging bedding, towels or linens on bars or beds
Minor infractions of these rules can result in the loss of privileges.
Examples of privileges:
Major infractions, such as those listed below, can result in loss of good time
and/or disciplinary procedures as well as criminal charges. Example of
(aiding or abetting)
to obey a reasonable order
statements to staff
or destroying county property
as jailhouse foreman
Jail is monitored by television. Dress and conduct yourself accordingly
List of Items Allowed in the Jail
The quantity of personal property and printed materials allowed in the jail is
limited for safety and security reasons. All property must fit in the tote
provided by the jail staff.
(no boxer shorts)
- that are not considered obscene or those that would cause unrest in the jail.
All other items must be approved by the Jail Administrator before being allowed.
Services Available to Inmates
and stationary (2 stamps per week)
visits (request only)
and drug counseling (request only)
Monday through Friday with 24 Hour Notice
(age 18 & over) or accompanied by parent or legal guardian (no holidays)
*Anyone that has been incarcerated in the Clay County Jail within the previous
six months will not be allowed to visit.
Mail, if not privileged, will be opened and inspected by the staff for
contraband and security reasons. Privileged mail is mail to or from the
of federal/state legislature
All outgoing mail will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service. Friends and
family can not stop at the jail to pick up a note or letter at any time of the
Inmates will be allowed newspapers, books and magazines only
when sent directly from the publisher and when they don't present a security
risk or are likely to produce disruptive behavior.
Phones are available 24 hours a day to inmates not in segregation.
All phone calls are monitored. If there is an emergency, jail staff will
make sure the inmate gets to make a phone call.
Any inmate may begin the grievance process by requesting a form from the jail
staff. The specific steps are detailed on the form.
The cost of copies is 25 cents per page. Copies can be made once a day on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the convenience of the jail staff. Copies will
be made only if the inmate has money on the books to pay for them.
Legal books will be made available to inmates upon request.
Inmates without legal representation will have first priority.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE COSTS OF MEDICAL SERVICES AND PRODUCTS REMAIN THAT OF THE
However, no inmate will be denied necessary medical services, dental services,
medicine or prostheses because of a lack of ability to pay for said services.
The Spencer Hospital and Avera Medical Center will provide medical services to
inmates when needed. When an inmate advises that he/she requires medical
attention, the inmate will complete a medical service request form and a
determination will be made as to what kind of services will be provided.
Emergencies will be handled through the Spencer Hospital Emergency Room and
non-emergency cases will be handled through Avera Medical Center. Dental
services will be handled in much the same manner.
Policy Regarding Charges of Inmates
WHEREAS, Section 345.7, Code of Iowa, authorizes the Sheriff to charge a
prisoner who is 18 years of age or older for room and board provided while the
prisoner is in the custody of the Sheriff and:
WHEREAS, Clay County has resolved to impose a charge under the terms of said
NOW THEREFORE, the following resolution, having been approved by the Clay County
Board of Supervisors, is hereby adopted by the Sheriff of Clay County.
a. A day shall mean 24 hours, irrespective of the time of day when the inmate
serving his/her time.
b. A partial day is defined as being more than six hours.
c. A weekend shall be defined as commencing at or after 5 p.m. on Friday and
ending at or before 8 a.m. on Monday.
2. Provisions Regarding Charges Levied Against Prisoners
a. For persons who, by their choice elect to serve their entire sentence on
weekends or are serving a sentence of accommodation, the charge will be $50.00
per day or each partial day served.
b. For all other persons, the charge will be $30.00 for each day or each partial
c. Work release in-county and out-of-county is $25.00 per day and must be paid
in advance plus room and board
d. The charges hereby imposed shall be paid by all prisoners for all days or
partial days served after their conviction. Prisoners shall also pay the same
charges for any time for which they are given credit for time previously served
by the court in connection with any sentence
e. No prisoner shall be entitled to early release for good time until the
prisoner has paid all charges imposed.
f. There will be a $5.00 administrative fee (per request) charged to see medical
g. Pursuant to the Iowa Administrative Code 201 Chapter 50.15 responsibility of
the costs of medical, dental services and products including prescriptions
remain that of the inmate.
Sheriff's department maintains a commissary fund where inmates or their families
may deposit money to be used by the inmate to make purchases while incarcerated.
money deposited into the fund is a privilege which may be withdrawn.
commissary fund is subject to the rules of the Sheriff's department including
but not limited to the rules explained above.
depositing money into the commissary fund, you agree that the money is subject
to these rules, and agree that the money may be taken to pay charges as set
forth in paragraph b below. If you do not agree to these terms, you should not
deposit money into the commissary fund.
*Any money deposited
into the inmate's commissary fund may be taken by the Sheriff's department to
pay any amounts owed by the inmate to the Sheriff's department for any purpose,
including but not limited to, vehicle towing fees, charges levied against
prisoners for housing or work release, fines, surcharges or other charges of any
nature imposed by the Sheriff's offices. In addition, money may be taken for
prescriptions and for medical or dental services and products or for other
expenses as authorized by Iowa Administrative Code 201-50.15.
Disciplinary Hearing Board
The purpose of the disciplinary hearing board is to conform with Wolff vs.
McDonald 418 U.S. 539 (1974), and other applicable state and federal laws and
court decisions dealing with refractory prisoners.
actions will apply only to violations of documented rules and and regulations of
the Clay County Jail, and upon notification in writing (incident report) to the
board of the officer involved in this specific incident.
The Board will be comprised of three deputies, one chairman and two assistants.
The finding of the Board will be incontestable, with the right to appeal to the
Sheriff or the Jail Administrator.
This policy shall be in effect with respect to all prisoners who commence
serving their jail sentence on or after March 1, 2006.