Tama County


The current Tama County Jail has a capacity of 18 inmates.


Visitation hours are as follows:

  • Daily
    1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday (in addition to Daily hours)
    9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If you would like to schedule a visit, please call the jail 24 hours in advance of the visit. Inmates may receive up to three (3), twenty (20) minute visits per week. Inmates are not allowed to have more than one (1) visit per day.

There is the option of video visitation. The jail contracts with Inmate Sales to provide video visitation. The same rules apply to video visits as they do in-person visits. Video visitation is twenty (20) cents per minute. Scheduling a video visit requires prior approval as well. Please go to the Inmate Sales website to set up video visitation.


Inmates have the ability to text message while in custody. The jail contracts with Combined Public Communications (CPC) to provide this service. There is a $5 monthly rental fee for a Chirping Device device. This device allows the inmate to send and receive text messages. There is a ten (10) cent charge for each message received and sent. The CPC website is used to add money to a specific chirping device.

Talk Time Calling

Direct Pay, Calling Cards, and Pin Debit

Type of Call Per Minute Rate
 Local Calls $.20 per minute + taxes 
 Toll + Long Distance In State Calls $.20 per minute + taxes 
 Long Distance Out of State Calls $.20 per minute + taxes 
 International Calls *Calling Card Only Starts at $1.00 per minute + taxes 
Varies per county 
  • Taxes on call and fees for deposits may apply where applicable
  • Direct Pay will not work for ring back tones
  • Facility staff does not give out change

If you have any questions or would like a refund, please call 1-877-998-5678 for assistance. If you would like to purchase more talk time visit Inmate Sales or call. 

The jail offers pre-paid phone cards. Each card is $10. There is a kiosk in the front lobby, as shown, where money can be deposited into an inmate account. Stellar Services LLC. provides our office with the kiosk to add money to an inmate account for commissary and phone cards.


Inmate Handbook

This webpage was printed on July 24, 2024. For the most current information, visit the Tama County, Iowa, Sheriff website at tamacountysheriff.org.
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