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Benton County Jail

The Benton County Jail serves as a detention center for individuals awaiting trial or serving jail sentences. The facility is operated and managed by a dedicated team of more than 26 correctional officers who ensure the safety and security of the inmates at the Benton County Jail. On an average day, the jail accommodates around 387 inmates.


Inmate Visitation Guidelines

The visitation hours for the facility are as follows: Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is mandatory for all visitors to possess a valid Photo ID. Only a maximum of three visitors are allowed at a time. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their Legal Guardian. Each visitation session lasts for 20 minutes, and there is a limit of three 20-minute visits per week, from Sunday to Saturday. The use of any electronic device during an inmate visitation is strictly prohibited, and violating this rule will lead to the inmate losing their visitation privileges.


Money Transfer for Inmates

Inmates can receive money by utilizing the Stellar Teller machine located in the front vestibule of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office or by making online transactions through JailATM.com.


Telephone Calls

Family and friends of inmates have the option to establish prepaid phone accounts for them through the CPC (Combined Public Communications) system.


https://inmatesales.com website or by calling 877-998-5678.



When sending mail to inmates, it should be addressed to Benton County Jail at 113 East 3rd Street, Vinton, Iowa 52349. It’s important to note that photographs and greeting cards cannot be retained inside the inmate’s cell. Upon viewing, these items will be stored with the inmate’s personal belongings.


Benton County Sheriff Department

The Sheriff of Benton County is an elected official who serves a four-year term. The primary role of the Sheriff’s Office is to enforce state, county, and city ordinances within the county. The current sheriff is Ronald Tippett, and individuals can reach out to him for inquiries or assistance at (319) 472-2337 or through email at r.tippett@bentonsheriff.com.


Overview of Benton County

Benton County is situated in the state of Iowa, United States. According to the 2020 census, the county had a population of 25,575 residents. Vinton serves as both the county seat and the largest city in Benton County. The county derives its name from Thomas Hart Benton, who was a prominent U.S. Senator from Missouri. Benton County is a part of the Cedar Rapids, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was established on December 21, 1837, following the division of sections from Dubuque County.


As per the U.S. Census Bureau, the county spans a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), with 716 square miles (1,850 km2) being land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.3%) consisting of water bodies. The 2020 census reported a population density of 35.6124/sq mi (13.75001/km2) in the county. Among the population, 96.29% identified with a single race, with 93.04% being non-Hispanic White, 0.45% Black, 1.81% Hispanic, 0.13% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 4.24% belonging to other races or multiple races. Benton County comprises 11,076 housing units, of which 10,282 were occupied.


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