County Ordinances

Jail Division


VV6G4380The Woodbury County Law Enforcement Center and Jail were built in 1987.  After several renovations over the years, the main jail currently has bed space for 234 inmates.  The jail houses pre-trial and sentenced inmates, along with contract federal prisoners with the U. S. Marshals Service.  The staff of men and women are professional and dedicated officers assigned to maintain a safe, humane and secure environment for all the inmates. 

Lt. Lynette Phillips, pictured, is the Jail Administrator and has 38 years of law enforcement experience.  Lt. Phillips graduated from Sioux City East High School in 1975 and started working for the Sioux City Police Department under a CETA program as an I. D. technician, confidential records tech and part time police matron until 1978.  In 1978, Lt. Phillips was hired by the Woobury County Sheriff's Office to the Jail Division.

Lt. Phillips was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1980.  Lt. Phillips was promoted and given command of the jail by former Sheriff Russ White Jr. in 1981.  At that time, Lt. Phillips was only one of three female officers to hold the rank of lieutenant in the state of Iowa.

Lt. Phillips was active in the design and construction of the current Woodbury County Jail and all subsequent renovations.  In March of 2000, a second minimum security facility opened at Prairie Hill to help with the overcrowding issue plaguing the jail at the time.  Currently, the Prairie Hill Annex houses minimum security inmates, work release inmates and the Electronic Monitoring Division of the jail.

Lt. Phillips is a graduate of the Central Missouri State University for Management of Law Enforcement Agencies, the Natiional Institute of Corrections-Jail Operations and Management, and is a state certified jail instructor.  Lt. Phillips was active in the implementation and update of the Iowa State Jail Standards and has served on the Iowa Sheriff's and Deputies Association Jail Committee since 1987, of which she has been the chairperson for the committee for over fifteen years.


Bonding Procedures:

Verify bond amount and conditions of release by calling 712.279.6040.

All approved bondsman can be located in the local yellow pages.

If you desire to post a cash bond, the bond can be posted during normal working hours with the Woodbury County Clerk of Courts, Monday through Friday, 8:00A to 4:30P.  After hours, the bond can be posted with the Woodbury County Jail.

Inmate Mail Procedures:

The letter must be addressed to:  Inmates Name

                                                      Woodbury County Jail

                                                      P. O. Box 3083

                                                      Sioux City, Iowa  51102

The return address must contain the senders complete name and full address.

No packages are accepted.

Video Visitation:

Monday through Thursday 10:00A to 11:00A and 1:30P to 4:00P.  You must be checked in with Jail Administration by 10:45A and 3:30P.

Sunday visitation is 1:30P to 3:30P and you must be checked in by 3:00P.

Holiday visitation is 1:30P to 4:00P and you must be checked in by 3:30P.

There are only 20 minute visitations on Sundays and all holidays.

If you have been arrested, you may not visit for:  90 days if you were arrested for a serious or aggravated misdemeanor and one year for a felony arrest.

If you were arrested on a simple misdemeanor, you may visit the following day.

Inmate Property:

The person leaving property for an inmate must have a federal, state or tribal photo identifcation card.

Property is accepted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00A to 4:00P.

Money for inmate accounts can be dropped off on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00A to 4:00P.  Tuesdays from 8:00A to 3:00P.  Maximum amount is $50.00.

Accepted Property:  Seven pair of white socks, underwear and t-shirts (no muscle shirts).

                                 One set of white thermal underwear.

                                 Everything must be in its original store packaging and untampered with.

                                 Property and money is not accepted on holidays.

Inmate Phone System:

All calls are routed through Securus and are collect.  To set up an account, you must call Securus at 1.800.844.6591


Persons needing fingerprints for employment purposes, etc., first need to go to the Sheriff's Office on the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 11:30A to 1:00P.  There is a $6.00 per card fee.  After paying the fees, the person will be directed to Jail Administration on the second floor of the LEC for the prints.