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Jail Rules and Regulations
Guide to Rules and Regulations for Cerro Gordo County Inmates

The following rules and regulations are excerpts from the 'Cerro Gordo County Jail Inmate Handbook', which is issued to each resident of the jail:







Admissions - Booking

Each resident of the Cerro Gordo County Jail will be processed through booking. Personal searches, pat downs and strip searches may be conducted at this time and at any time it is deemed necessary by the staff to prevent injury or to prevent contraband from being introduced into the jail.

No personal property belonging to you may be taken into the jail. No personal property or food may be delivered or brought to inmates while incarcerated.


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Personal Requests

Personal request forms will be handed out once daily in the morning, any questions directed to the jail staff may be requested at these times.


On Monday and Thursday mornings, you may purchase the following at the personal request times: razor, deodorant, envelopes, toothpaste, toothbrush, pens.


AT NO TIME can you order items for the purpose of stockpiling them for later use.


All indigent inmates will be provided these items on the above days, however, your inmate commissary account will be charged for any items purchased.


If you fail to complete your personal request form during the designated time, you will not be issued any items until the next designated period. NO EXCEPTIONS.


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Inmate Phone Support

Inmate phone calls or phone issues regarding inmates please call Lattice Incorporated at (888) 843-1972 for customer service. Ask Lattice Incorporated what inmate phone call options there are to choose from.


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Attorney Visits

Attorneys may visit you during normal working hours of the Sheriff's Department. These hours will be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If these hours are not acceptable, contact must be made with the Jail Administrator or a Jail Sergeant to have visitation times changed on a temporary basis


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Attorney Telephone Calls

All telephone calls to your attorney are set up for a free call (except for calls made at the time of booking). If your attorney wants to talk with you or has new developments in your case, he/she will accept your call. If not, your attorney will not accept your call.


Constant calls to your attorney, which result in harassment to him/her will be reported to the jail staff and disciplinary action will be taken against you.


You cannot call your attorney at home unless the jail staff has been told to permit this by your attorney.


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Posting Bond

You may post bond at any time of the day or night as long as it is the acceptable conditions of the court's order. Most bonds are posted in the form of a surety bond through a bondsman or posting the full amount in cash yourself. The Cerro Gordo County Jail will only accept cash bonds or surety through bonding companies approved by the Sheriff or Jail Supervisor.


No personal checks will be accepted.


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Personal Property

All personal property you had with you when you entered the jail will be inventoried and stored. Your property will be returned to you upon your release.


You will be permitted to have a limited amount of personal items, such as a family photo (no Polaroid), letters and legal documents. All items kept in your cell are subject to the approval of the Jail Supervisor. A large accumulation of items will not be permitted and the items kept will be neatly stored or displayed.


The jail staff will not deliver or exchange items of property between inmates located in different cell blocks or exchange items from your lockers.


The jail reserves the right to dispose of any personal property left behind or not picked up by family or friends. The jail will only keep these items for a period of 30 days after your release. Once the 30-day period expires, all property is destroyed.


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The money that you had with you at the time you were admitted to the jail will be deposited into your commissary account. During your stay in the jail, you may buy items from the jail commissary and the amount you spend will be deducted from the money in your account. You are not allowed to have money on your person or in your cell while in custody. When you are released, the money remaining in your account will be returned to you.


While you are in here, family or friends may deposit money to your commissary account. No personal checks will be accepted by the jail. Cash only!


You can release money from your commissary account or your personal property to members of your family, friends, attorney or bondsman. You must sign a release form for any money or personal property you release. Your money or personal property cannot be released to another inmate.


You are not allowed to transfer money from your account to another inmate's account.


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The Cerro Gordo County Jail has adopted a no smoking policy. Smoking will not be allowed at any time for any purpose while you are in custody.


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Mail service is provided while you are in custody. Correspondence should be mailed to:


  • (Inmates's name)
  • Cerro Gordo County Law Enforcement Complex
  • 17262 Lark Avenue
  • Mason City, Iowa 50401


The full name and address of the person sending mail to you must be included on the envelope.

Packages will not be received.


Incoming mail, except those from your attorney and certain other officials, will be opened and inspected for contraband and other matters of concern to the security, safety and control of the jail.


You may receive newspapers only if they come directly from the publisher. Old newspapers are to be disposed of immediately and property. No stockpiling is permitted.


We reserve the right to withhold the delivery of any incoming mail which does not show the name and address of the sender or which otherwise violates these rules. Such mail will be placed in your personal property and will be returned to you upon your release from custody.


Attempting to send or receive mail or messages except by the methods stated above is a violation of jail rules. This includes any attempts to smuggle out letters or to get around the rules in any other way.


Mail will be processed and delivered/sent the day it is received. Exceptions to this will be holidays and weekends, at which time the mail will go in/out the next normal business day.


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At the time you are assigned to a housing unit you will be given a visitation form in which you will list four (4) visitor names, this is your "visitation list".

You will be allowed to change these names once every thirty (30) days; Sergeants will approve this list prior to visitors being allowed to visit.


1. Visitation times are set for 15 minutes. Your scheduled visitation may be cancelled or suspended without notice, based on discipline or security reasons.


2. If the visitor is not on the inmate's visitation list, the inmate is not allowed to visit (discipline or other reason), it is not the scheduled visitation time for the inmate's housing unit, or they have children with them, the visitor will not be allowed in the Jail.


3. All visitors must identify themselves with a governmental ID and are required to sign into the "Visitation Registration" book prior to visiting.


4. Visitation is scheduled by housing units and is on first come first serve basis.


5. Each inmate is permitted two visitations per day with no more than 4 total people per session. All visitors must be included on the inmate's visitation approval list.


6. People under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit. Visitors are not allowed to bring anyone under the age of 18 into the facility (to wait or otherwise).


7. Visitors arriving on days when visitation is not allowed for the inmate they are requesting to visit will not be allowed to visit at that time. No exceptions to the visitation rules are allowed.


8. Proper attire is required at all times. Shoes and shirts must be worn; suggestive clothing, see-through fabrics, halter or tube type tops, short shorts and mini-skirts will not be permitted. Appropriate underclothing is required.


9. Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be admitted into the center and WILL BE ARRESTED.


10. Wallet and car keys only may be taken into the Public Video Visitation room. No other personal effects such as weapons or sharp objects, purses, satchels, diaper bags, smoking materials, chewing gum, phones, radios, TV's, cameras etc., are allowed.


11. Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited inside the Public Video Visitation room.


12. If a visitor leaves the video visitation area, they will not be allowed to re-visit.


13. Hanging up the handset on the visitor's visitation carrel will terminate the visit.


14. Loud talking, excessive emotionalism, or any other type of disruptive behavior will not be permitted in the Public Video Visitation room.


15. If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, notify the Master Control Officer via the handset. Do not attempt to adjust the picture or sound yourself.


16. If you are scheduled to visit and are not able, due to court proceedings, disciplinary actions, attorney visits, etc., your visitation will NOT be rescheduled. Visitation may be canceled without notice due to jail issues or security issues.


17. Persons released from jail or prison within 30 days will not be allowed to visit without prior approval of the jail administrator. Visitors are required to disclose this information prior to scheduling a visitation.


Attorneys, bondsmen or and law enforcement officers who have a professional need to conduct an inmate non-contact visitation should notify the jail when they first enter the jail.


Failure to comply with any of the visitation policies as posted in the visitor's visitation room will result in denial of admission.


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Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office

  • 17262 Lark Ave
  • Mason City, IA 50401
  • Civil:(641)421-3002
  • Jail:(641)421-3004
  • Dispatch:(641)421-3000
  • Fax:(641)421-3135