Hardin County Sheriff's Office - Jail Division

Correctional Center

The Hardin County Correctional Center is a detention center or county jail intended for the incarceration of persons charged with state or local crimes, persons serving sentences under court order, persons waiting trial, persons waiting extradition to another jurisdiction or state, and detainees from other local agencies under jurisdictional agreement. It is also a detention facility for the Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Therefore, this facility is required to meet both state and federal detention standards as monitored by the Iowa Department of Corrections and the ICE Inspections Bureau. The center proudly meets and exceeds those standards and enjoys a good relationship with many different agencies.

The Hardin County Law Enforcement Center was completed in July 2000 and houses the Sheriff's Office, E911 Communications Center, and the Correctional Center, which is the facility that constitutes the county jail. The Jail Division management team consists of the Sheriff, Jail Administrator, Assistant Jail Administrator, and Jail Sergeants. The remainder of the jail staff consists of correctional officers and support staff. The Jail Administrator is responsible for the administration of policy, activity, operation, and business of the county jail. The Assistant Administrator is primarily responsible for the daily operation, appointments, court appearances, and services. The Jail Sergeants assist the administration and support the correctional officers in carrying out their general duties along with policy enforcement.

The secure area of the center consists of eight units or pods and three holding cells, a booking room, a medical office, a control room, a commissary room, and a library. Within the eight pods, a variety of detainees are housed in three security levels:

  1. Routine Supervision
  2. Closely Supervised
  3. Special Status

Care is also given to separate different genders, court status, and juveniles. Each pod has fixtures such as a television, shower, tables and chairs, and a telephone. Detainees who are not under disciplinary action for misbehavior are allowed these amenities from 6:00am to 11:00pm. During the night hours, the detainees are required to remain in their individual or group sleeping areas. The center holds a wide variety of detainees on the local, state, and federal levels. One may encounter a local citizen charged with a relatively minor charge to a state offender waiting a return to prison to a federal immigration detainee awaiting deportation, depending on classification status. The foreign national population is a diverse group in itself which represents a large number of foreign countries. The correctional staff learn to understand many different cultures, values, and habits of a vast world-wide population. The center contains 90 beds and room for 17 detainees in the holding areas.

A work release program does allow local sentenced offenders to work during certain hours while serving a jail sentence. The program is first authorized by the Court and is then subject to the terms and conditions of the Sheriff. A fee of $30 per day is charged to participate in this program. Administrator Nick Whitmore is in charge of the work release program and should be contacted at 641-939-8194 for further information or eligibility to participate.


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Sheriff's Office
Contact Information

Toll Free: 800-568-4373
Phone: 641-939-8189
Fax: 641-939-8249
After Hours Fax: 641-939-8209

Emergency Number: 911

Hardin County
Law Enforcement Center
1116 - 14th Ave.
Eldora, Iowa 50627

Administrative Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday

Dave McDaniel

Jail Administrator
Nick Whitmore

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