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Buena Vista County, Iowa Sheriff Overview

Buena Vista County is a county found in the northwestern part of Iowa. Its county seat is in Storm Lake. Buena Vista County is named after the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War ending in 1848, the final victory field of General Zachary Taylor in the war. Zip codes in Buena Vista County include 51005, 50585, 51047, 50510, 50588, 50592, 50565, 50568, 51033, 50576, and 51002.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office is headed by Kory Elston. He can be reached through his email address (Kory.Elston@bvsheriff.com).

Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office:
Address: 411 Expansion Blvd
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
Phone: (712) 749-2530
Fax: (712) 732-3397

Inmate Search in Buena Vista County Jail

The Buena Vista County Jail has an online list of incarcerated inmates currently in their Facility in PDF format. Each inmate’s file contains the following information: Booked In, Inmate Name, Age, Sex, Reason Booked, Bond, ID Number.

Important Jail Policies and Procedures

Visitation is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled up to one week in advance, but no less than 24 hours in advance by calling 712-732-2452. This is by phone only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Upon the initial booking, one family member may visit by video without an advanced appointment providing security and safety issues are not compromised.

Each inmate is permitted one visitation per day with no more than 2 persons 14 years old or older. All visitors 14 or older must be included on the inmate’s visitation approval list.

A parent or an adult legal guardian must accompany visitors under the age of 18. Or show proof of being an adjudicated adult.

The parent or legal guardian of a minor child must maintain close supervision of that child before, during and after each visit. Children must never be left unattended for any reason.

All visitors must properly identify themselves upon arriving at the visitation center. (All visitors over 18 must have a government issued photo ID indicating their date of birth.)

All visits are monitored and recorded.

Visitors arriving after the start of their scheduled session will not be allowed to visit.

Proper attire is required at all times. Shoes and shirts must be worn; suggestive clothing, see-through fabrics, halter or tube type tops, short shorts and mini­skirts will not be permitted. Appropriate underclothing is required.

Visitors appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be admitted into the center.

Wallet and car keys only may be taken into the Visitation Center. No other personal effects such as weapons or sharp objects, purses, satchels, diaper bags, smoking materials, chewing gum, phones, radios, TV’s, cameras etc., are allowed.

Visitors with small children will be permitted to retain one baby bottle, one diaper, and one blanket per child. The supervisor on a case-by-case basis will approve additional items.

Smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited inside the Visitation Center.

If a visitor leaves the Visitation Room, they will not be allowed to re-visit without another appointment

Hanging up the handset on the visitor’s visitation carrel will terminate the visit.

Loud talking, excessive emotionalism, or any other type of disruptive behavior will not be permitted in the Visitation Center.

If you experience a problem with the audio or video reception during your visit, notify the jail staff immediately. Do not attempt to adjust the picture or sound yourself.

No one may deliver any item to an inmate without prior approval and/or inspection by the Jail Staff.

Visitation will be limited in duration and may be terminated at anytime.

If an inmate that you are scheduled to visit is not available due to court proceedings, disciplinary actions, attorney visits, etc., your visitation will be rescheduled. Visitation may be canceled without notice due to jail issues or security issues.

Persons released from jail or prison within 30 days or persons having a criminal history will not be allowed to visit without prior approval of the jail administrator. Visitors are required to disclose this information prior to scheduling a visitation.

Visitation Time:
Visitation is held over video conferencing by appointment only from 8:00AM – 11:30AM and 2:00PM – 4:00PM except holidays, weekends and when posted otherwise.

You can send mail to inmates through U.S. Mail, indicating the complete return address as follows:
(Inmates name)
Buena Vista County Jail
Box 276
Storm Lake, Iowa 50588

Sex Offender Search and Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. The definition of a sex offender is a person convicted of a crime involving sex, including rape, molestation, and production or distribution of child pornography.

You can access this information online for Buena Vista County by going to this link, but bear in mind that searches sometimes reveal primary last known addresses or, rather the block that they live on. You are also required to accept a disclosure to use the database.

Bail and Bail Bondsman

The bail and bond process is used to secure your release from jail in exchange for meeting certain conditions. It is imposed to ensure that you will make your court dates and not commit any further offenses while out. An Iowa criminal lawyer will bring up the issue of bail at your initial appearance before a judge. The judge makes a determination as to the conditions for your release until your next court date.

Just as Iowa provides sentencing guidelines, it offers guidelines for bail bonds. The bond schedule for crimes other than forcible felonies and misdemeanors is as follows:

Manufacturing or delivery of certain controlled substances – $25,000
Felony for manufacturing or delivery of certain controlled substances – $50,000
Class B felony – $25,000
Class C felony – $10,000
Class D felony – $5,000
Aggravated misdemeanor – $2,000
Serious misdemeanor – $1,000
Simple misdemeanor – $300

Buena Vista County Jail Statistics
Number of Persons Confined14
Avg Daily Population16
Name of new facilityBUENA VISTA COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER,STORM LAKE, IOWA 50588
Full time payroll7
Full time total employees7
Total salaries and wages242763
Other operating expenditures120111
Total construction costs0
Equipment, furnishings, etc0
Year of original constructionnot applicable
Year of major renovationnot applicable
Name of new facilitynot applicable

Address: 5TH & CAYUGA STORM LAKE IA 50588

Buena Vista County Unemployment and Median Household Income
Civilian Labor Force Annual Average, 201611,611
Number Employed Annual Average, 201611,195
Number Unemployed Annual Average, 2016416
Unemployment Rate, 20163.6
Median Household Income Annual Average, 201551,991
Sources: Unemployment – Bureau of Labor Statistics LAUS data, Median Household Income – Census Bureau SAIPE data, Rural Classifications – USDA Economic Research Service
Buena Vista County Poverty Data
Estimate of People of All Ages In Poverty 20142,645
Estimate Percentage of People of All Ages In Poverty 201513.7
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Model-based Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE)

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