Information Technology

New Jail

Polk County is developing a new jail that will alleviate a prisoner population that greatly exceeds the capacity of the two current County jail facilities. This jail will replace the Main Jail and Interim Jail, both located in downtown Des Moines. The Main Jail will continue to be used for booking and short-term holding pending transfer to the new jail.

General Information

1,500 bed, multi-classification jail facility.
325,000 square feet, located on 44 acres in Saylor Township. Directly NW of the intersection of I-80 & I-35.

Address: 5156 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA

The facility will contain housing units, intake & release, food service & laundry facilities, medical and administrative units, and judicial support. It is designed for expansion to 2,500 beds in the future.

Current Schedule:

  • July 2006
    Construction started
  • June 2008
    Construction complete
  • July 2008
    Begin transition to new facility
Architect: The Durrant Group, 303 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309; 515.309.0945
Owner: Polk County, Iowa; General Services Dept, 111 Court Ave. Suite 365, Des Moines, IA 50309; 515.286.3215
Operator: Polk County Sheriff; Midland Bldg, 206 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309; 515.286.3800
Construction: Sitework by Reilly Construction, Des Moines, IA
General Contractor: The Weitz Company, Des Moines, IA

Technology Information

Polk County General Services is working with the Polk County Sheriff's Office to design and develop technology solutions for the new Polk County Jail.

Technology initiatives for the new facility:

  • Video Visitation with Inmates
  • Automated Key Control for Staff
  • Remote Inmate Kiosks for Commissary and Inmate Services
  • Advanced Security System Including Watch Tour
  • Barcode Scanning for Quartermaster, Jail Inventory, Property Management and Inmate Movement
  • Inmate Medical History, Observation and Case Management
  • Staff Scheduling Component to Automate Shift Management
  • Building Maintenance Management System and HVAC w/Remote Capabilities
  • Advanced Objective Inmate Classification Functionality
  • Electronic Document Management and Workflow Enhancements
  • Polk County Jail Intranet with Shared Resources and Required Applications
  • Collaborative data connectivity with ICN, City of Des Moines and Des Moines Public schools to provide connectivity to the Polk County network without the use of third party, leased lines
  • This project is one of many data connectivity collaborative efforts to reduce ongoing infrastructure operating costs for Polk County

Contact Us

Polk County Information Technology
111 Court Avenue, Suite 373
Des Moines, IA 50309

P: (515) 286-3757
F: (515) 323-5301

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