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Polk County Jail
Last updated on April 9, 2014

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Primary function of the jail is safety and security.

Description:
The Polk County Jail is the largest facility of its kind in the state of Iowa and takes advantage of the latest advances in security and jail design to house and manage Polk County's inmates. The jail has full on-site kitchen and laundry facilities and houses medical services.

The jail was designed to have a direct supervision setting where inmates are housed in large dormitory areas instead of in traditional barred cells that most people think of when they envision a jail. In addition to the dormitory-style units, the jail has smaller high-security units to house inmates that for behavioral reasons can not function in a normal jail environment.


History:
Years of planning and preparing became reality on November 1st, 2008 when Polk County opened its $68 million new jail. The 325,000 square-feet facility sits on 40 acres of land just north of Des Moines. The opening of the new facility allowed the Sheriff's Office to house all inmates in Polk County and under one roof. With 1500 beds and the ability to expand capacity an additional 1000 beds, the jail was constructed to handle the expected growing inmate population of Polk County through at least 2030.

Contact person: Sandra Loney, Program Coordinator, (phone), (email)


Office fax number: (515) 875-5714

Address:
 1985 NE 51ST PLACE
DES MOINES, IA 50313
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/sheriff/divisions/jail-division/

Directions:

   Nearest Bus Stop: DELAWARE, 1 MILE minute walk
Last updated on April 9, 2014

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