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Allamakee County Jail

The Allamakee County Jail, situated in Waukon, Iowa, is a modern facility that can accommodate up to 42 beds (with a total housing capacity of 53) and was established in 2017. In alignment with its commitment to maintaining a safe environment, the Allamakee County detention center strongly discourages any form of sexual offenses, including rape and sexual assault, within its premises. In the event of a sexual violation, Allamakee County inmates or their loved ones are encouraged to promptly report the incident to the facility by calling 563-568-4521. The staff at the Allamakee County Jail is dedicated to ensuring the well-being and security of all individuals under their care.

Mail Services for Inmates

Inmates housed at the Allamakee County Detention Center are required to obtain approval before contacting other detainees or individuals held in different jails within Iowa.


The mailing correspondence should contain the specified address as follows:


877 Highway 9

Waukon, Iowa 52172


Transferring Funds to Inmates

The Allamakee County Jail in Waukon enables individuals to send money to incarcerated individuals via Jail commissary accounts. Additionally, online fund transfers to Allamakee County inmates are possible by creating a Touchpay account using the correctional facility’s ID and the inmate’s ID number.


Schedule for Visiting Hours

Visitors have the option to engage in virtual communication with inmates at home or within the Allamakee County Detention facility. During both types of visitations, inmates are subject to monitoring and recording. For online visitations at home, the Allamakee County Jail allows a maximum of four visitors. Those wishing to visit virtually must schedule the call in advance and make the necessary payment at the Allamakee County Detention Center.


Visits conducted in person within the Allamakee County Jail are free of charge. However, it is still required to schedule the visit in advance. The visiting hours are as follows:


·         Monday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Tuesday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Wednesday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Thursday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Friday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

·         Saturday: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

·         Sunday: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM


Allamakee County Sheriff Department

The Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for various duties, including county-wide dispatch services for police, fire, and emergency medical services. They also provide law enforcement services to both the county and contracted municipal areas. Additionally, the office handles civil process service and operates the County Jail.


The mission of the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office is to protect and serve the residents and visitors of Allamakee County by providing professional law enforcement services. The office is committed to working diligently towards achieving their mission for the individuals they serve.


Overview of Allamakee County

There is a debate surrounding the origin of the name of Allamakee County. Some sources claim that it was named after Allan Magee, an Indian trader and trapper who was recognized by the Winnebago Indians. Others argue that the name has purely Native American origins. Initially, the county seat was established near Rossville at a place known as “The Old Stake.” However, this location was deemed insignificant as there were already more important settlements within Allamakee County.


In April 1851, a county seat selection took place through a voter poll. The options included Vailsville, Smith’s Mill, and Columbus. However, none of them received a majority of the votes. A second election occurred in May, where Columbus emerged as the preferred choice. Soon after Columbus became the county seat, a rivalry developed between Columbus and Lansing. As a result, a commission was appointed to choose a new county seat. The commission selected Waukon, and the decision was put to a vote. Despite opposition from Columbus, the majority of the votes favored Waukon.


A courthouse was constructed in 1853, which was a small frame building that cost $325. It served its purpose until 1857 when a similar structure was built adjacent to it. These two buildings continued to serve the county until 1861 when the county seat was relocated once again. A heated contest arose between Waukon and Lansing, with both towns offering substantial rewards for becoming the county seat. Waukon ultimately prevailed, and between 1860 and 1861, a $13,000 courthouse was erected. The city contributed the promised $5,000 towards its construction. However, despite having a courthouse, Waukon did not hold the county seat. That honor went to “The Point,” situated between Lansing and Capoli, where a stone courthouse costing $5,000 was built, funded by the citizens of Lansing.


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